More Leverage. The typical flat utility bar has a 90-degree rocker head that curves in the opposite direction from the flat end — which restricts the bar's range of motion. The 15-inch HookBar overcomes that limitation with a rocker head that curves all the way to 180 degrees and is on the same side as the flat end. With this configuration you can pull a 16-penny nail in one stroke. Made from drop-forged, spring-tempered steel, the bar has sharp, tapered blades for easy insertion and three beveled nail slots. It sells for $14. Vaughan Tools, 800/435- 6000.

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