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I ordered this from Dirty Bird Pottery in Virginia a few weeks ago and it finally arrived. I had them put a star shaped pattern inside to assist in making shaving cream. As you can see, it works like a champ!! If you have never shaved with hot lather, you probably don't like shaving.









Soaking it in hot water to preheat the ceramic.
 

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You shave with a straight razor? :hmm:

I've always wanted to try myself or at least go to an "old fashioned" barber once in awhile....needless to say it's still on my list.

How do you "make shaving cream"?

Looks sweet though!
 

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Reading this makes me want to try it, but man I just want my shaves to be over. Sometimes just I want to grow my Grizzly Adams beard out like I had back in the day. Very cool set up Brian.
 

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I use a safety razor, not a straight razor. Straight razors must be kept sharp and I do not want to learn how to sharpen a razor at the expense of my face. With a safety razor, I can get a new blade out every couple of days.


I never liked shaving either. Since I have taken up using a safety razor and a good quality shaving soap, it's like I spoil myself for twenty minutes every day. It does wonders for the soul; very much like smoking a nice cigar.

The scuttle holds about two cups of hot water inside of it, so the lather stays nice and hot. With a shaving mug, the smooth walls and lack of water reservoir make it a bit more of an issue.
 

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olsaltybastard said:
I ordered this from Dirty Bird Pottery in Virginia a few weeks ago and it finally arrived. I had them put a star shaped pattern inside to assist in making shaving cream. As you can see, it works like a champ!! If you have never shaved with hot lather, you probably don't like shaving.

Soaking it in hot water to preheat the ceramic.
OSB. Do you shave in the Kitchen. I sure hope you don't do you business there. Ha!!!!!!! :tease: Where would you sit anyway.
 

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AWESOME OSB... :beerchug:
I have 2 skuttles but nothing as nice as that. Maybe I need to stimulate the economy... :???:

Its nice to know there are other brush and blade shavers out there. I have to ask if the "star shaped" part goes all the way to the bottom of the skuttle? I ask because a skuttle should be in two sections. The part where you create the lather, the star shaped part, and an area that is open around that part where you put hot water. This keeps the lather nice and hot for a 2nd or 3rd pass while you shave.

As Brian Da' Barbarian said... I do shave with a straight razor 1-2 times a week. The other days I use a Merkur safety razor or a Merkur slant razor.

IMO, shaving like this is the way to go. A baby butt face every morning and your skin is a lot better too.

Anyone interested in getting/using a safety razor can check these sites.

http://www.coolshaving.com/index.html
http://www.classicshaving.com/page/page/522941.htm

Double edge blades can be found at Wal-Mart for $1.50 for 10.

As far as "making shave cream" goes... its easy. And far cheaper than a can of goo.

Williams shave soap is good but I find it can dry your skin out, especially in the winter.

Check these out...

http://www.coolshaving.com/detail.cfm?ID=115
http://www.coolshaving.com/category_res ... Category=4
http://www.classicshaving.com/catalog/i ... 198657.htm

And my favorite....
http://www.coolshaving.com/detail.cfm?ID=42
 

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The scuttle is hollow so that the hot water keeps the bowl hot (the bowl does not touch the bottom. You can order them to come in two pieces, but I wanted to keep things simple. Now that I have learned to use it, preheating is key. It will keep lather warm for over 20 minutes!!

Iceman gave some good links for buying razors. I just use a Merkur HD. Maybe some day I'll attempt a straight razor shave. There is a video on You Tube of a Mafioso type guy shaving with a straight razor; it's pretty cool to watch.
 

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No shaving in the kitchen; just a cleaner place to take pictures!!


Like anything else, if you have nice equipment then it's usually a more enjoyable experience. Now that the winter is here, I switched from shaving soap to shaving cream. The cream is much easier to lather which in turn lowers preparation time as it's easier to beat into a nice foam.


I really need to look into getting a brush with a wooden handle. The metal brush collides with the scuttle and makes an un-nerving clang. Any suggestions Iceman?
 

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I really need to look into getting a brush with a wooden handle. The metal brush collides with the scuttle and makes an un-nerving clang. Any suggestions Iceman?
Here are some good badger brushes. Its pretty hard to find anything with a wooden handle these days. Mostly ceramic or plastic/resin.

http://www.coolshaving.com/category_res ... Category=7
http://www.nashvilleknifeshop.com/shavingbrushes.html

A couple of wooden brushes here.

http://www.emsplace.com/shaving/badger_ ... _pure.aspx

As if cigars werent enough of an obsession... they have shaving forums.
Check them out OSB... 8)

http://www.badgerandblade.com/
http://www.shavemyface.com/

And if you feel like going straight.... http://www.straightrazorplace.com/
 

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Ok, so I showed this thread to my wife when it was first posted, and guess what I got for Christmas?

A question for those in the know: do you use the cake shaving soaps with the shaving skuttle?

Thanks and Merry Christmas!
 

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Glad you could join us!!



Usually, if you use a shaving soap, you have it in a small soap dish; the soap is not kept in the scuttle; just made into a lather. Shaving soap takes a lot longer to make into a lather than something like Proraso shaving cream, so I don't use soaps too much.
 

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A question for those in the know: do you use the cake shaving soaps with the shaving skuttle?
Congrats!
Cake soaps dont work well with a skuttle. A little dab of good shaving cream will whip up into lots and lots of lather in a skuttle. Then when you feel that baby butt smooth face afterwards you will be hooked.

Check out some of these shaving creams.

http://shavingessentials.net/shaving_creams.html
http://www.mothernature.com/shop/sectio ... m/s/426098
http://www.egentlemen.com/subcategory1S ... reams.aspx
http://www.classicshaving.com/catalog/i ... 313956.htm

You may want to check out this place. Tons of great info.

http://badgerandblade.com/
 
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