What are the different types
The basic design of a plasterer's hawk is simple: it consists of a flat surface with a handle affixed from below.
Most plastic hawks are moulded as one piece, with the handle included. These are consequently cheaper to manufacture, making them less expensive to buy.
Hawks made of metal with a plastic or other kind of handle have to be manufactured in separate parts due to the different materials involved (for more information, please see our page: What are plasterer's hawks made of?).
Metal hawks are generally sold "flat-packed" and need assembling before use. The handle can then be removed for easier storage.
Some top-of-the-range hawks, however, have handles which are actually replaceable. A new one can be bought separately when the old one becomes worn.
Considering that the lifespan of a quality plasterer's hawk can be as long as twenty years if it is properly cared for, it is worth investing in the metal sort if you are planning to use your hawk on a regular basis.