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Because of the lack of published trowel and masonry tool histories, the information here is based on other sources that may be less reliable and certainly are incomplete. These include eBay and tools that I purchase myself that are the starting points for my research. I will write what I know as I learn it. If what you read here interests you, please check back often and look for revisions and corrections. Scanned catalogs are either mine or by Rose Antique Tools and used with permission, and are on Google Docs as pdf files. A few are links to other websites. Your photos and information are welcome. Please click on any picture to enlarge it. Comments are welcome, but any with links will be deleted as possible spam.

Monday, April 28, 2014

How To Recognize Lower Quality Trowels

What items go into one's collection is a personal choice. Generally, better quality items are the most collectible and command the highest prices. Some collections may include lower quality items by personal choice, or because they are the only items of their type or age available, or because they are part of a manufacturer-based collection. Whether lower quality items are part of your collection or not, it's helpful to be able to recognize them. Here are some characteristics of lower quality brick towels:

Blade is welded, riveted, or brazed to the neck
Blade is not taper ground, or grinding is uneven
Smaller neck
Slimmer or shorter handle

Low quality riveted or brazed trowel

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