Terms of the Trade: What Is a Crowbar?

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A crowbar, or prybar, is a hand tool used to remove nails, molding, framing, and for general demolition work. Made of steel or titanium with a curved end and flattened points, its perfect for inflicting force on items to tear them apart. The term “crowbar” is thought to have originated from the tool’s resemblance to a crow’s beak or feet.