William Rose established the W. Rose in 1798 as a blacksmith shop near Philadelphia. The early years were spent making cavalry sabers and officer swords for the U.S. army during the War of 1812 and the Civil War. In 1864 the focus moved from swords to edged tools, knives, and the signature brick trowel we know today. W. Rose brick trowels are still manufactured near Philadelphia. The trowels that helped build America are still made in the USA.
For over 200 years W. Rose has been the choice of the world's best bricklayers. Choose from four handle options (wood, plastic, leather, or ProForm soft grip) for each of these three styles of trowels: Philadelphia Pattern trowels, Narrow London Pattern Trowels, Wide London Pattern Trowels. W. Rose also manufactures a variety of specialty trowels including margin and pointing trowels, sled runners, jointers, slickers, premium Bonded Braided Nylon Mason's Line, brick hammers, and line pins. All products are made in the USA as they have been since 1798.