Hawks, also known as hand boards, are an essential plastering tool. They form the portable surface upon which plaster or mortar is held, making it easier to place plaster onto the plastering trowel before applying to the wall.
To the untrained eye, all hawks look the same but this is not the case.
The main difference is that they are either made of plastic or metal.
But which is better?
The obvious difference between a metal and a plastic hawk is that the plastic one is cheaper to purchase and therefore to replace if lost or damaged.
However, they are not as durable as their metal counterparts but if you are an occasional plasterer a plastic hawk will do the job.
But if you are a professional plasterer or you have a large job to complete then it is worth investing in a more durable metal hawk.
Metal ones are more solid than the plastic examples and are heavier. A plastic, therefore, is perhaps a more comfortable option to hold all day, or for older plasterers or even DIY plasterers who are inexperienced.
Plastic hawks have a more textured blade than metal examples so the plaster is less likely to slip off, even if they are held at jaunty angles.
Plastic hawks are generally mould-made in one piece including the handle whereas the metal ones are made of hard-rolled aluminium alloy with handles attached separately.
The handles can be wooden, plastic or a type of foam which slowly moulds to the hand making it comfortable to hold. These will also generally include a foam callous protector between the blade and the handle. Which handle material is better is down to personal preference.
Here at Amaroc, we offer both plastic and aluminium hawks with the latter available in three sizes to better suit your plastering requirements.