A brief history of the bar
|Some archaeologists believe that bar-type tools’ simple shapes and wide range of common uses suggest that their predecessors may have been among the first tools used by early humans.
|Early humankind’s nomadic lifestyle required a wide range of simply constructed, versatile tools.
It is likely that early bars would have been carved from tough wood, bone or tusk.
|Other estimates place the bar’s development in the early 1400s, when the first references to the ‘iron crow’ (crowbar) are seen in literature and letters.
|The name ‘iron crow’ came into common usage because of the black beak and splayed foot of the wrecking bar, thought to resemble a crow’s.
Over time, ‘iron crow’ became ‘crow bar’, a name which has come to be used by many as a catch-all term for a wide range of varied bars – but which, used properly, actually refers to the large crowbar.