03-12-2012, 03:49 PM
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  • Mynorx
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Ever since I discovered DE shaving I've used warm lather. I had a big tea mug with a little stoneware dish that fit perfectly in side. It's always worked fine except on those chilly Southern California mornings . It's taken me 2 years to finally pull the trigger on a proper scuttle but I finally did it.

I discovered Mr. Steve Woodhead's work on ebay and just fell in love with his style. I could tell his work was very nice from the images he posts on the listings.

Mr. Woodhead hand makes the scuttles in his workshop, located in Warwickshire England. He states that the scuttles are made from a special clay he uses, that withstands boiling water and uses this same clay for his oven bakeware.

The model I have is the "Shaving Mug Bowl Scuttle #4WB" its listed as having a waterfall blue color scheme with a smooth wall and spiral base. I also noticed that even the inside of the scuttle is covered in "varnish" It's solid.

Dimensions:
Over all length: 9 inches (from spout to handle)
Inner bowl: 5 1/4 inches
Inner bowl depth: 2 1/8 inches
Spout 2 1/4 x 1 inches

Weight without water:
2.2 Lb
34.70 oz
985 grams

Weight with water:
3.7 Lb
55.20 oz
1565 grams

The scuttle holds about 26oz of water. I have not tested how long it keeps the water warm but on the listing it states about 10 minutes

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Today's shave was exceptionally great. as you can see I tried to use some very nice gear. The scuttle although a bit pricey was well worth it. I was really tired of using my old tea mug and bowl.

The scuttle is big and heavy all I had to do was fill it with hot water from my tap, set it on the sinks counter space and got to town on it. It easily let me create a nice amount of lather without even worrying about it spilling over the sides. It also stayed very warm thought my 3 pass shave. I tried to measure the temperature but my thermometer only went to 109 and then it gave me a "H" (its a child's temperature thermometer) after I completed my shave I tried to take another reading and it did the same thing. So yeah it holds its heat quite nicely.

I will not be using boiling water on it just because I know that too much heat quickly dries off your lather. I'm quite happy with my current set up. If you are in the market for a nice scuttle I highly recommend you get one from Mr. Steve Woodhead.

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 03-12-2012, 05:35 PM
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Great review on a beautiful scuttle. I once owned a Steve Woodhead scuttle. He does extremely nice work. Use it well.

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 03-12-2012, 08:19 PM
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I looked into these because of the great reviews and apparent high quality of his work, but I was discouraged by the shipping cost to the U.S., which I recall was something like $35-40.

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 03-12-2012, 08:19 PM
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  • freddy
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That is a huge scuttle! Use it in the best of health. Smile

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 03-12-2012, 09:09 PM
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An instant bowl of joy! Cool

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 03-13-2012, 09:50 AM
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(03-12-2012, 08:19 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: I looked into these because of the great reviews and apparent high quality of his work, but I was discouraged by the shipping cost to the U.S., which I recall was something like $35-40.

When I bought mine over a year ago shipping charges were much cheaper. The price of fuel today especially in Europe is brutal.

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 03-13-2012, 11:49 AM
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That is a beautiful scuttle. How well does it work compared to a regular lathering bowl? I read somewhere that heat can adversely affect lathering ability of a soap or cream, but have never verified this for myself.

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 03-13-2012, 01:15 PM
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(03-13-2012, 11:49 AM)Tbone Wrote: That is a beautiful scuttle. How well does it work compared to a regular lathering bowl? I read somewhere that heat can adversely affect lathering ability of a soap or cream, but have never verified this for myself.


As long as you don't boil the water no chance of destroying the lather. I nuke mine about 60 seconds.

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 03-13-2012, 04:29 PM
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  • Mynorx
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This thing holds quite a bit of water. I fill it with hot tap water, I see no need to make it any hotter. Sometimes the water is too hot and I do have to add a few drops of water to rehydrate it, most of the time I'm ok. I find that the quality is excellent in comparison to other scuttles. The other high end models cost about the same, This model with the shipping was about 80usd. I think it was well worth it.

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 03-13-2012, 04:29 PM
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This thing holds quite a bit of water. I fill it with hot tap water, I see no need to make it any hotter. Sometimes the water is too hot and I do have to add a few drops of water to rehydrate it, most of the time I'm ok. I find that the quality is excellent in comparison to other scuttles. The other high end models cost about the same, This model with the shipping was about 80usd. I think it was well worth it.

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 03-13-2012, 06:18 PM
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  • Teiste
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I only can say that its a GORGEOUS scuttle and I Heart the second picture,with all the shaving gear.

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 03-16-2012, 03:56 PM
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(03-13-2012, 06:18 PM)Teiste Wrote: I only can say that its a GORGEOUS scuttle and I Heart the second picture,with all the shaving gear.

Yes it is very nice. The person that makes them sure knows how to glaze. I have another picture I can post later, I just have to find it. Tongue

Thanks

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 05-04-2012, 05:01 AM
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What an attractive scuttle.

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 05-12-2012, 11:07 PM
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  • ben74
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What a way to wake up in the morning... That's a radiant piece of pottery, congratulations!

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 06-06-2012, 09:50 PM
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  • Mynorx
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Thanks guys, After using a big tea mug and a simple stoneware mug for a bout 2 years I though I'd get my self something nice.

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 06-07-2012, 03:57 AM
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It's a very pretty scuttle indeed. I myself just discovered the convenience of using a scuttle and warm lather. Enjoy yours! Thumbsup

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 06-07-2012, 05:11 AM
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  • Johnny
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That is a very nice looking scuttle and it's huge. I thought my DB 1.5 was large, but there is no way I could put that much shaving gear inside of it.

I like that color.

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 06-07-2012, 11:07 AM
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I once owned a #1 scuttle from Steve Woodhead. He does outstanding work.

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 06-07-2012, 12:41 PM
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I have a small one of Steve's scuttles. It's a real nice bit of kit.

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 06-08-2012, 10:53 PM
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(06-07-2012, 05:11 AM)Johnny Wrote: That is a very nice looking scuttle and it's huge. I thought my DB 1.5 was large, but there is no way I could put that much shaving gear inside of it.

I like that color.

I have the medium, he makes a larger one. Biggrin

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