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As with any tool, users should take care when choosing a brick trowel. High-quality types feature one-piece construction where the shank extends from the blade; however, cheaper, trowels with welded joints can split apart.

Buyers can choose between two types: "Philadelphia" models with sharp-angled heels or "London" types with rounded edges. Furthermore, wider trowels make working with larger blocks easier, though narrower ones are better for bricks. A well-balanced brick trowel gives bricklayers a comfortable and effective tool for all-day use.