Utility bar

  • US 6,257,553 B1
  • Filed: 09/27/1999
  • Issued: 07/10/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/22/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A prying bar comprising an elongate shank having a predetermined cross section and defining a longitudinal axis and having a prying hook at one end and a prying chisel at the other end, said prying hook having a tapered portion and a generally U-shaped portion integrally formed with said shank and said tapered portion generally defining a common plane, said tapered and U-shaped portions forming a prying footprint surface facing a direction away from said shank, said prying footprint surface having a minimum transverse dimension which is substantially greater than the minimum cross sectional dimension of said shank, and said predetermined cross section having a major axis generally parallel to said plane and a minor axis generally normal to said plane, whereby the strength of the prying bar in applying forces at said prying hook and said prying chisel can be maximized and the bending of said prying bar shank can be minimized while enhancing the comfort gripping said prying bar shank by a user.

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