What are they and how to use them?
If you have been delving into wet shaving forums and looking through stores then you will have undoubtedly heard about shaving scuttles. But what are they and how do you use them to improve your shaving experience?
This article explains what a scuttle (shaving bowl) is, how to use it, and the benefits that you can obtain to your shaving ritual.
Any wet shaving enthusiast will know that using premium equipment is key to achieving the best shave including a straight razor, shaving brush, shaving cream/soap and maintenance gear. But what about a piece of equipment to build your soap lather in?
What is a Shaving Scuttle?
A shaving scuttle is a double-walled, ceramic bowl used to keep soap lather warm and ready for multiple passes. It is used by filling the bottom bowl with hot water and building a thick soap/cream lather in the upper bowl. This helps create a thick lather using both the heat from the water and any inner grooves in the bowl while also keeping it nice and warm - ready for re-application for any future passes. Some scuttles can also have a wide enough opening so that your shaving brush can also be kept warm and wet with the water in the bottom, however, this is less common. The normal material used in a scuttle is ceramic which has great thermal properties - they have a standard size of 3.5 inches wide and 2.5 inches deep but this can vary significantly based on the potter’s designs and style. You can also get full scuttle kits made up of three containers - a bowl to keep your brush wet, a scuttle for building and storing lather, and a third bowl for storing a soap puck and loading the brush.