POINTING AND JOINTING TOOLS
A pointing trowel is a small version of a brick trowel and is made in the same way, with a blade length of anything from 50mm to 150mm. Its primary function is to apply mortar into joints when pointing and to apply struck joint finishes to mortar joints.
When new, the blade of a pointing trowel has quite a sharp point and this tends to interfere with the ability to apply a struck finish to cross-joints – the point tends to dig in to the joint and ruin it when the bottom of the cross-joint has been reached with the downward stroke of the pointing trowel. For this reason, bricklayers will grind off to a neat curve the top 10mm of the tip of a new pointing trowel.
Fig. 71 Pointing trowel.