11-11-2012, 03:12 PM
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I just ordered a 6" diameter "Suribachi" bowl. A Suribachi bowl is a traditional Japanese bowl used in mortar and pestle-fashion for grinding food. It has a rough interior surface pattern that is supposed to be terrific for building big lather quickly. I have heard concerns that the surface may be too rough and could damage a brush. Does anybody have any experience with Suribachi bowls?
   

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 11-11-2012, 03:15 PM
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Very interesting question, and a fine looking bowl. I'll be awaiting answers from those in the know. Another AD!

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 11-11-2012, 06:46 PM
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  • Shanman
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(11-11-2012, 03:12 PM)vocalistbob Wrote: I just ordered a 6" diameter "Suribachi" bowl. A Suribachi bowl is a traditional Japanese bowl used in mortar and pestle-fashion for grinding food. It has a rough interior surface pattern that is supposed to be terrific for building big lather quickly. I have heard concerns that the surface may be too rough and could damage a brush. Does anybody have any experience with Suribachi bowls?

Looks like it would be too harsh on the tips and possibly end up decreasing brush life.

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 11-11-2012, 07:08 PM
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They sure look like nice bowls, but have no experience with them. Good luck.

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 11-12-2012, 12:33 AM
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I wanted to get one of those too. Isn't 6 inches too wide?

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 11-12-2012, 12:48 AM
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I seem to recall reading somewhere online that they are good for making lather but hard on the brush... can't seem to find it again though, so I'm not sure if it was confirmed or suspected Confused

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 11-12-2012, 05:55 AM
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Mr. Dentini: I use a 6" diameter shaving bowl, which is a good size for me because I use big brushes almost exclusively. There are smaller ones available, I think. I almost bought a 7" but decided that was just too big.

Wegian: I read the same thing, but I will reserve judgment until I receive it.

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 11-13-2012, 11:46 PM
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  • Johnny
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It sure is a nice looking bowl. If it does not work out for lather making, you can always us it to make rice pudding.

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 11-15-2012, 01:49 PM
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It arrived today. I did a test lather and it worked great, but now know I did make a mistake by ordering such a large bowl. 5" would have been fine. I don't think it will damage a brush unless you grind the tips really hard into the bowl. It also cleaned up easily and quickly.

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 11-22-2012, 01:07 PM
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  • Faelan
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I may have to try this now. I have a little suribachi bowl hanging out in my kitchen that I never use because I don't have a pestle for it.

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 11-22-2012, 03:41 PM
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I used to worry about an optimum shaving bowl vs. wear and tear on the brush, but I came up with something simpler that works every time.

I got a Marvy mug made out of rubber and my soap puck stays in it all the time. I have an electric kettle in the bathroom and pour boiled water in another Marvy mug to keep the lather warm and whipped up any time I need it. The soap itself provides enough friction to whip up the lather.

The more experienced I got the more I stopped trying new things. For me personally, keeping things simple is a biggie in terms of enhancing my shaving experience.

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 11-23-2012, 12:25 AM
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(11-11-2012, 03:12 PM)vocalistbob Wrote: I just ordered a 6" diameter "Suribachi" bowl. A Suribachi bowl is a traditional Japanese bowl used in mortar and pestle-fashion for grinding food. It has a rough interior surface pattern that is supposed to be terrific for building big lather quickly. I have heard concerns that the surface may be too rough and could damage a brush. Does anybody have any experience with Suribachi bowls?

Both my wife and I have used a Suribachi for well over 7 months as our primary lathering bowls. I face lather about 50% of the time, but still, it get a work out.

It has not damaged any brush I own, be it boar, horse or silvertip.

Here is my bowl:
[Image: SOTD-10-30-2012.jpg]

And here you can see the copious amount of lather produced in just a few minutes.
[Image: SOTD-10-13-2012.jpg]

Enjoy your Suribachi
Biggrin

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 11-28-2012, 03:45 PM
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  • Grumpy
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During one of my internet searches, I too read that they are hard on the hairs on a brush but, they are good for breaking in a brush.

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 11-28-2012, 07:12 PM
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  • MikekiM
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I used a bowl of similar shape, though smooth and smaller. I ditched it because the lather climbed up and over the sloped sides.

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