The time-tested production process of W. Rose™ trowels has changed little over the years. The same time and care are given to each tool today as it was in 1798.
From the tip of the toe to the end of the handle, each of the five areas of a brick trowel is equally important to the mason. By creating the tool from a solid piece of steel, W. Rose™ trowels are crafted as the strongest blades on the market with no possibility of weak welded joints or voids in the material.
Each trowel begins its life as a single piece of steel. The shank is the first part of the trowel to take shape. The steel bar is heated red hot, hammered, and rolled to produce the correct shank, blade style and size. W. Rose™ manufactures over 200 different styles and lengths of trowels. A skilled operator working with special equipment and tools allows each trowel to be formed to the correct size and shape. Manufacturing processes must be exact to guarantee the straightness of the blade and shank for even mortar application and a comfortable working angle.
Next, an industrial press forces the steel blade through a metal die to cut off excess metal, called flash, from the edges of the tool. A special double heat treatment and tempering process unique to W. Rose™ gives the trowel blade the rugged strength that each brick mason requires. The quality of steel, the one-piece forging process and this tempering process makes the W. Rose™ trowels the gold standard in the bricklaying industry.
Following the tempering process the blades are cleaned and ready to be ground. Each trowel is hand ground providing personal care to each tool to guarantee a balanced, quality tool. The hand grinding and straightening process give a unique feel to each W. Rose™ trowel.
To finish the blade the outside edges are cleaned and the blade is inspected. Finally, the handle is affixed to complete the trowel.