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A handspike is a metal bar or pipe that is used as a lever for prying or leverage, similar to a crowbar.[1]

Handspike is also an archaic term for a bar or lever, generally of wood, used in a windlass or capstan, for heaving anchor, and, in modified forms, for various other purposes.[2][3]


  1. ^ G. & C. Merriam Co., Webster's new collegiate dictionary, ISBN 0-87779-338-7
  2. ^ Merriam-Webster dictionary (1913)
  3. ^ Oxford English Dictionary Second Edition on CD-ROM (v. 4.0) © Oxford University Press 2009