Friday, March 18, 2011
Name: Crowbar (AKA prybar, jimmy, or wrecking bar)
Scenario of Primary Usefulness: Urban Wasteland
I made this my first post because this tool is incredible in its simplicity. It is merely a steel bar with a single curved end, and it is for this reason it has been in common use for centuries. Today they only cost $20 at your local hardware store.
In societal usage, it has been used to remove nails, forcing openings, and destruction. Apocalyptically, it would be used for basically the same things. In an urban scenario, you won't know how accessible any given room, building, or other potential source of resources will be; a crowbar will increase your odds of it being accessible.
From my personal experience using a crowbar: This thing is a tank. I once dug two-fists-sized rocks out of a foot-and-a-half diameter hole using only a crowbar and a sledgehammer. Granted, it took a really long time, but it put a bigger dent in the job than the shovel did. (Though I have no experience in the topic) A crowbar would serve as a good hand-to-hand weapon as well, should you need it as such (ask Gordan Freeman if you run into him); it's not so heavy that it is cumbersome, but the whole point of a crowbar is creating torque, and it does that very well.
For its multi-functionality, efficiency, and simplicity, I highly recommend the crowbar for your next urban wasteland apocalypse.