The EOD Robotics Breacher bar is a pretty simple tool. It’s basically a flat piece of steel with a chisel-type tip and a “blade”, and it’s got a few holes in the handle end. The “blades” are not sharpened, but are more of a starter edge. I believe this is because the Breacher Bar is intended to be more of a prying tool than a knife. It is a very thick piece of hardened steel, so it can withstand some serious prying. The front corner is beveled, making it look like a tanto-style blade. This is for prying under smaller things, like nails, staples, and paint can lids. Their website also claims that it is great for opening crates and punching through steel drums. There are four holes in the handle. Two are close to the butt, in line with the center of the blade. The other two are closer to the blade. One of these is centered, and the other is closer to the edge. The three along the centerline are there for use with cordage, to make handles. The other is a little more mysterious. I don’t remember where I saw this tip, but someone suggested that it be used to turn the tool into a handle, for pulling things. You can run a piece of cord through it, and use it to pull, for example, a large log. If you do use this as a t-handle for pulling, I would recommend wrapping the blade end with a protective cloth, especially if you choose to sharpen it, but that is recommended against (see note at end). They also state that the holes are there to aid you in lashing it to a branch or bar to provide more leverage.
Right after I got this, I had some repairs to do to a fence. The previous owner of our new home had done some weird modifications that messed with the integrity of the fence. I had to tear the old boards off, while salvaging the existing posts. The Breacher Bar made short work of those boards and nails. When I was done, I stabbed it into the dirt, to keep from losing it, while I finished repairing the fence. I had forgotten it there overnight. The next morning, I remembered it was there. It had rusted a little, but not really too much to worry about. This is to be expected from high carbon steel, though.
Here is a demo video from County Comm:
And a video on how to make the handle:
Here is their super-not-sarcastic-at-all CYA statement:
Here's What Our Over-Protective Legal Department Has To Say: Although the EOD Breacher Tool was developed and designed to enter the real world of urban combat, and with a little work with a file, belt sander, grinder, stone or a rock to it could be sharpened and converted to a Deadly stabbing or slashing instrument we can't recommend it. Likewise, the flat on the handle end should not be used as a skull or rib crusher or for performing other blunt trauma. Sorry these are not returnable. Be safe, and don't play with matches or run with scissors.
Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points
Claim to Fame: Incredibly tough pry bar.
Target Market: “EOD Robotics developed this compact breaching tool with input from Bomb Techs, SWAT Operators and Patrol Officers.”
FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):
- 1045 High Carbon Steel
- Heat treated to over 45 Rockwell Hardness
- Pry bar or lever
- Incredibly tough
- Can be pounded on
- Holes for handle making and other tasks
What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?: It is only available in the raw-steel gray, but would be easy enough to paint.
What others are saying?: “They're good for hammering, improvised chiseling, prying, breaking stuff :), etc. They make great gifts too!” - JS_280, EDC Forums
I need it now! Availability: You can purchase the Breacher Bar from County Comm, or directly from EOD Robotics, although I believe they are the same company. When you go to “Contact” on EOD’s website, the email address is for County Comm. I would recommend going to County Comm for it, because they have tons of other cool items that you’ll probably want to pick up.
+_Sturdy and hard +_Holes are provided for many functions +_No instructions needed! +_Multiple prying surfaces +_Made in the U.S.A.
-_No handle included
Score: 8.0 Great