12-28-2012, 10:25 AM
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  • Howler
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  • Fort Smith AR
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I have been experimenting with which bowl in my Nook lathers the best. I have two cereal bowls with curved sides, about three inches deep.

Two mugs with depths of about 2 1/2 inches. While the difference is only about 1/2 inch, the lather in the in mugs is better.

For bowl lathers what works best for you to make lather in?
How do you keep your lather warm?

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 12-28-2012, 10:39 AM
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I like a bowl about 4 or 4.5 inches across and about two inches deep. That's for lathering. For building lather right on soap, nothing beats your basic vintage Old Spice mug for me.

Really, though, wider is better. I like to whip up the lather, so I need space.

Warm lather's not a big deal for me, though I find a good heavy stoneware bowl retains heat ok. Sometimes I'll heat up the bowl by filling it with hot water before I shower.

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 12-28-2012, 11:39 AM
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Depth doesn't seem to make a difference to me. I like a 3-4" width, though.

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 12-28-2012, 12:16 PM
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  • geezer
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My thoughts and experiences agree with the 4" or larger, and rather shallow, bowl. I hardly ever use only a mug anymore. I may add a bit of water to a hard soap in a mug before I shower and load a brush from that. I soak the bowl in Hot water whilst I shower. The lathering is done in the bowl or on my face in some cases. The bigger brushes in common use now really do not work well in a deeper mug. The old 20mm and smaller ones will work in a mug but can be noisy!
Whatever you decide, assure that you are happy with the result!
~Happy New Year!
~Richard

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 12-28-2012, 03:23 PM
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  • Johnny
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When I use a bowl I like using my Sara Bonnyman Bowl. Diameter is between 4 and 4.5 inches and the depth is around 1.5 to 2 inches. Don't want it to deep so the brush handle does not clank the sides. It is the perfect size to fit in the palm of my hand. I keep the lather in my brush warm by using my Moss Scuttle.

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 12-28-2012, 03:25 PM
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  • vuk
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I'm back to bowl lathering after my face lathering kick this summer. I perfer the bowl to be 4" diameter and fairly shallow (1" or so). A salad bowl I pressed into use has a wide lip that keeps the lather from rising up over the edge. I've used smaller mugs before but anymore I only them to hold soaps in.

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 12-28-2012, 04:37 PM
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  • geezer
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For ideas, soup cups and other low walled dishes work well. My first was a nice rice bowl.
This one (4"Soup cup) suits me as well as an old porringer.
[Image: soupcup.jpg]
Porringer ~5 inches
[Image: porringer.jpg]
The metal loses heat a bit quicker than the ceramic so I use the ceramic the most.
Richard

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 12-29-2012, 09:59 AM
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  • Howler
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I used the cereal bowl this morning. I filled it with water and microwaved it. I put a towel over the top to help retain heat, while I showered. The lather was great, warm to boot.

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 12-29-2012, 11:23 AM
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My favourite bowl is just shy of 12cm wide and 5cm deep - also have a slightly larger cereal bowl for when I break out the bigger brush.

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 12-29-2012, 03:56 PM
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  • matloffm
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I also enjoy the fairy tale shave bowl, but I use a scuttle or my TSN Bill bowl when I want a warm lather. The Bill bowl holds heat for a while and the large size makes building a great lather very easy (4.5 wide 2.5 deep).

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 12-29-2012, 05:01 PM
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  • Arcadies
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I only bowl lather once in a blue moon when I decide to use a cream. Which ironically has been every day this week as I am burning through a T&H sample pack I got a few months ago and forgot about.
I use a custom bowl I had Julie at Dirty bird make last year when I bowl lathered more often. It's 4.5" across the top and 1.5" deep with extra deep spiral grooves cut into the bottom, it's basically a bill bowl without the handle and deeper grooves.

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 12-29-2012, 05:24 PM
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  • DLP
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During the colder fall and winter months I usually use a DB 1.5 or RBecker Scuttle. During the hot summer months I use a DB TSN Bill Bowl.

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 07-23-2021, 06:32 AM
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  • Bax
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(12-29-2012, 11:23 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: My favourite bowl is just shy of 12cm wide and 5cm deep - also have a slightly larger cereal bowl for when I break out the bigger brush.

That's about 4 3/4" wide and 2" deep for those of us who are metric-challenged.
I had to do math.  
Now my head hurts.
Ow!
- Bax

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 07-23-2021, 08:02 AM
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  • Bax
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I've been periodically using a child's cereal bowl from Japan (with fun penguins on it).  It's plastic.  I like the size and shape, and don't worry about damaging the paint job on my brush when whacking the sides as I'm whipping up lather.  I think I like it better than the stainless one I usually use.  A lip around the top edge would be nice, because I tend to slop cream all over the place when I use it.  While flying shaving cream is fun (especially while imitating the crooning of Slim Whitman), it's pretty messy.
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It looks like Dirty Bird bowls are the Shave Nook bowl of choice.
http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=...=bowl+size

Am I the only one who sometimes uses a cheap plastic kiddie cereal bowl?
Is everyone else using a fancy ceramic one designed for lather with ridges and stuff?
What do YOU use?

Inquiring Minds want to Know!
- Bax

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 07-23-2021, 08:36 AM
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  • chazt
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I only use a bowl for wetting my brushes preshave, and then for post shave rinsing. Strictly a face latherer.

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 07-23-2021, 08:49 AM
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  • Wolf
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Bax, I use this plastic bowl, the measurements are 17 cm. wide and 8cm. deep.

[Image: vq35CbD.jpg]

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 07-23-2021, 10:22 AM
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  • Bax
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Hmm... if I did my fake math right, that's over 6 1/2" wide and a little over 3" deep.  That's a BIG bowl!
My little penguin bowl is only 4 1/2" wide and 2" deep (that's 11.5cm by 7.5cm deep, I think).
Do you whack the brush on the edge of the bowl, since it's so tall?  
Or are you using big brushes, too?
- Bax

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 07-23-2021, 10:32 AM
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  • Chappy
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I started with a cereal bowl but got this soon after.  I fill it about 2/3 full with water and microwave it for 1-1/2 minutes.  Pour what I need on top of soap and in brush mug to cover bristles until I'm done applying preshave.  Stays warm throughout shave.

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Stole the image so had to edit it to remove vendor.

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 07-23-2021, 10:45 AM
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  • Wolf
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Bax, You did the math right, that's correct.

As it has a good width, it doesn't hit and I can work the foam with ease.
I usually use brushes with knots of 24, 26, 30

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 07-24-2021, 07:10 PM
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  • 2Chops
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I have an old wooden salad bowl that I lather in on occasion.  It's wide but shallow.  Fits fully in the palm of my average sized hand.  Sorry.  Don't have a pic of it at the moment.  Sorry.  I usually face lather these days.

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