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Old 11-25-2008, 02:32 PM
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A knife is the best tool in the wilderness hands down... but if you think about it.. each household in an urban environment usually has more knives then people so they're not exactly a valuable item. A crowbar on the other hand is somewhat rare, and conducive to solving the problems often faced in an urban disaster. It can be used to clear out rubble, Break open doors and getting past locks, it can be used as a weapon and prying off wood for your fire.

What do you think? What is the ultimate urban survival tool?
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I will not use big words like "ultimate tool", but i want to say, IMO, a crowbar it is a must in a survival situation, specially in urban environment. Also, a pair of cutting pliers.

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the crowbar worked awesome in Half-Life 2!!
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When I was in Japan I had the idea that in the event of a catastrophic earthquake a crowbar would be a very useful tool to have. Not least for breaking into the countless drink machines and liberating the contents for the people and for getting into peoples houses to do S&R. I passed the idea onto an American ex-pat friend who had a young family, a week later he was the proud owner of a new crowbar.

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I have a tool called The Exhumer from Dead-on - we've spent many hours together. It's sort-of a mini crowbar, but larger than a typical nail-puller. Truly handy little tool and certainly one of my favorites.
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i got myself a crowbar made of titanium, twice as strong, a quarter of the weight.
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Crowbars are nice, but this is awesome!

http://www.stanleyfubar.com/
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I agree. Endless uses in an urban situation
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Flat, or rounded? Which do you prefer?
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I keep a flat one in the tool kit of my BOV.
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Ive got 2 - flat and rounded. Both have thier pros and cons. But they dont get used as much anymore now that I have my FUBAR. those are great and very handy. Not to mention evil looking and could do serious damage to an intruder. (if they make it past my Glock 22)
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Get a haligan, its what the fire dept and swat teams use for opening doors etc. besides it would make a good zombie swatter

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A knife is the best tool in the wilderness hands down... but if you think about it.. each household in an urban environment usually has more knives then people so they're not exactly a valuable item. A crowbar on the other hand is somewhat rare, and conducive to solving the problems often faced in an urban disaster. It can be used to clear out rubble, Break open doors and getting past locks, it can be used as a weapon and prying off wood for your fire.

What do you think? What is the ultimate urban survival tool?
I do like the crowbar, considering that most of life’s obstacles are glass or wood related. The fleshy obstacles to liberty can find themselves outmatched and reticent of close combat.

However, the silent option is always the best. Always try the door or window to see if it is unlocked. You could also try knocking if it is a friendly person. Look up Bump Key on youtube.

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Because of the way a crobar works, the longer the better.
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i carry a small one from wallymart, $5 and fairly strong from what i can tell.
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Crowbars over 36" MUST be at least 7/8", pref. 1" diamter. Anything less and you'll look like yer one of those old timey body builders, because it's gonna be bent in a knot.
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well, looks like im getting a crowbar tomorrow lol
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Me also. Cheers!
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I used to carry an 8 foot long crowbar with me when I panned for gold.

The dang thing must have weighed 30 pounds but man you could sure tear up some sheit with that thing.
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Get a haligan, its what the fire dept and swat teams use for opening doors etc. besides it would make a good zombie swatter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halligan_bar
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I keep all three in my truck. Between those and my saw if I cant get, over, around, or through it. Than I made a mistake somewhere. BIGTIME.
If I was only going to pick one: Halligan. Period.
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