The exact shape of the pruning hook is not known. The blade apparently was not large since it could be forged from a spear-point. It was sickle-shaped and attached to a short handle. A blade found at Tell Jemmeh and dated from the 9th cent. may be from a pruning hook. Pruning and the use of the pruning hook are signs of peace and prosperity (cf.
PRUNING HOOK (Heb. mazmerôth). An agricultural tool used in the cultivation of the vine, with a sharp knifelike end for pruning (