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Recommendations for a Good Shaving Mug?
04-02-2013, 06:43 PM
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Recommendations for a Good Shaving Mug?
Hi All,

So as I'm starting to explore the world of traditional wet shaving with my Edwin Jagger DE89L, Wink I started realizing I might need a vessel that's better to build lather in.

So if I can ask all the Shave Nook veterans:

* What's a Good Shaving Mug to use?

(FYI: I like to build Lather in a Mug via a Shave Cream)

I currently am using an old Coffee Mug and it "works," but it's kinda tight for my fingers and the Duke Brush to build lather.

Also, I read quite a few threads about Scuttle vs. Bowl vs. Mug, and I think I'm not quite ready to try a Scuttle yet.

* But is there a big difference between a good Shaving Mug vs. Bowl? (is it mainly space concerns?)

Thanks for the help! Biggrin
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04-02-2013, 07:25 PM (This post was last modified: 04-02-2013 07:28 PM by DaveL.)
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RE: Recommendations for a Good Shaving Mug?
Check out Wm. Neuman's web store. He has some really nice mugs.

http://www.wmneumann.com/collections/accessories
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04-02-2013, 07:44 PM
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RE: Recommendations for a Good Shaving Mug?
The TSN Dirty Bird LE Bill Bowl is excellent for making lather. You can contact Julie directly at Dirty Bird to order one.
http://shavenook.com/thread-dirty-bird-l...-bill-bowl
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04-03-2013, 12:58 AM
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RE: Recommendations for a Good Shaving Mug?
I second John's recommendation.

The Bill Bowl from Dirty Bird is extremely functional.
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04-03-2013, 02:54 AM
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RE: Recommendations for a Good Shaving Mug?
For me the difference between a mug and a bowl is the simple fact that I can use a bowl to build lather - a mug is too narrow for my fat fingers and the brush...

That said my Better Half have a couple of large, wide tea-mugs from Ikea that should work fine for making lather in - and she would do unpleasant things to me if I tried Biggrin
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04-03-2013, 03:39 AM
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RE: Recommendations for a Good Shaving Mug?
(04-02-2013 07:44 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote:  The TSN Dirty Bird LE Bill Bowl is excellent for making lather. You can contact Julie directly at Dirty Bird to order one.
http://shavenook.com/thread-dirty-bird-l...-bill-bowl

I have three pottery bowls, all with some type of handle and all found at either antique or goodwill store. If I was to buy a new one however it would be the Bill Bowl mentioned above.
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04-03-2013, 07:28 AM
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RE: Recommendations for a Good Shaving Mug?
Here's how I think of it:

Mugs tend to have straight(er) sides, and a handle. A good shaving mug is probably a bit wider than a standard coffee mug, and maybe shorter, so you don't bang your fingers or brush into the sides trying to make a lather.

Bowls are more, well, bowl-shaped. Most random bowls don't have handles, but several styles of shaving lather bowls come with handles.

Other things that lather bowls and mugs both frequently have are grooves in the bottom to help build lather faster, and notches for resting your brush.

As a biased party, I won't make any specific recommendations for or against. :)
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04-03-2013, 09:27 AM
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RE: Recommendations for a Good Shaving Mug?
(04-02-2013 07:25 PM)DaveL Wrote:  Check out Wm. Neuman's web store. He has some really nice mugs.

http://www.wmneumann.com/collections/accessories

(04-02-2013 07:44 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote:  The TSN Dirty Bird LE Bill Bowl is excellent for making lather. You can contact Julie directly at Dirty Bird to order one.
http://shavenook.com/thread-dirty-bird-l...-bill-bowl

I second on both suggestions!
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04-03-2013, 01:11 PM
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RE: Recommendations for a Good Shaving Mug?
Georgetown scuttles are beautiful and functional, not as narrow as most mugs.
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04-03-2013, 02:47 PM
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RE: Recommendations for a Good Shaving Mug?
If you're happy with a salsa bowl or a coffee mug that's just fine. I think most shavers look for a lather bowl that they find comfortable to use and does the job for their choice of soap/cream. Space is usually the key difference, but a bowl designed for the purpose of creating lather is often more enjoyable to use.

The Bill Bowl is a good example. It has swirls on the bottom to help lather formation. The walls bulge out and then back in to trap the lather in the bowl so that it doesn't overflow. You decide how much these design features mean to you and then you will know if you want to spend the extra money. Have fun. Biggrin
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04-03-2013, 09:30 PM (This post was last modified: 04-03-2013 09:30 PM by shave_knight.)
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RE: Recommendations for a Good Shaving Mug?
Hi Everyone,

Thank you for the great suggestions! (and advice on Mug vs. Bowl) Biggrin

The Wm. Neumann Antique Mugs look awesome! Smile I was going to go with that, but noticed they are out of stock. Sad

And that's really cool that The Shave Nook got a custom-made Shaving Bowl! I'll try contacting them and see if they still have any left.

Thanks.
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04-04-2013, 10:55 AM
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RE: Recommendations for a Good Shaving Mug?
Julie will make one for you. Even in a custom color if you want. I have two of the TSN Bill Bowls and one of the Neumann mugs, and I prefer the Bill Bowls.
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04-04-2013, 03:09 PM
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RE: Recommendations for a Good Shaving Mug?
I agree with Johnny. I have several bowls, but the Bill Bowl is by far the best performer.
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04-04-2013, 09:15 PM
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RE: Recommendations for a Good Shaving Mug?
Hi All,

Thanks again!

I contacted Julie and she said she could still make me a Shave Nook Bill Bowl Limited Edition (Blue). Biggrin

I have mine on order now. Can't wait to try it!
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06-04-2013, 04:34 PM
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RE: Recommendations for a Good Shaving Mug?
I just wanted to provide an update to my search for a good Shaving Bowl.

Thanks to all the great recommendations I got a Dirty Bird "The Shave Nook 2012" Limited Edition Bill Bowl! Biggrin

I posted a review here:

http://shavenook.com/thread-dirty-bird-t...-bill-bowl

Thanks again everyone! Smile
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06-04-2013, 06:42 PM
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RE: Recommendations for a Good Shaving Mug?
You cannot go wrong with the Bill bowl. My TSN Bill Bowl sees a lot of action.
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06-04-2013, 06:51 PM
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RE: Recommendations for a Good Shaving Mug?
(06-04-2013 06:42 PM)bullgoose Wrote:  You cannot go wrong with the Bill bowl.

I agree. I'm not sorry that I sent mine on via a PIF, but I do miss it sometimes. However, I have lots of scuttles.
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06-05-2013, 08:06 AM
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RE: Recommendations for a Good Shaving Mug?
If you want something cheap then, get a Rice Bowl at a Dollar Store.

They are Small but, the sides are sloped.
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