This is the only known site devoted to collecting trowels and other masonry, plastering, and molder's hand tools. Tools for working with concrete, stone, paving, tile, and terrazzo are included. It is intended as an international guide to identifying and preserving these tools and the histories of their makers.
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.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Marshalltown Trowel's User Friendly Handle
For a short period, Marshalltown Trowel made a plastic composite they called a User Friendly Handle, or UFH. As told by the reader from Northern Ireland who submitted these photos, he saw a trowel with one of these handles around 1996, but they were no longer available new. He found one on eBay several years ago. The User Friendly Handle was a black soft PVC sleeve over hardwood, with an attached black polymer bumper. The User Friendly Handle was replaced by the red DuraSoft handle.
User Friendly Handle brochure
Marshalltown brick trowel with User Friendly Handle