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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2011
After 46 years I am coming back to DE shaving. I purchased this bowl, along with Parker 60R razor, and Tweezerman Shaving Brush. The bowl is beautiful and well made. It fits nicely in my hand and I am able to whip up a great lather with it and my new Tweezerman brush. DE shaving has become a ritual I actually look forward to.
Update: Aug 31, 2012
I love the bowl. The only thing negative about it is that the rubber foot tended to come off. I put a little silicone in it and put it back on and had no more trouble. It is a great addition to my shaving routine.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2011
This is a very nice, elegant soap lathering bowl. I think the price is good. The bowl isn't high quality but it is good quality and a nice addition to your shaving kit. In the bowl I see four tack weld marks covered over by the 'chrome' and four more under the stand, but they aren't noticeable with anything in the bowl. Also, the 'rubber' ring around the bottom is somewhat loose and not overly well finished but, a tad of rubber cement inside and a small snip-snip on the loose material will take care of that. And, the bowl helps create great lather! I used it with a D.R. Harris Lavender cream and it whipped up nice and thick and rich, that is both a reflection on the cream and the design of the bowl. If you get this bowl you won't regret it!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2012
This shave bowl looks sexy on your bathroom counter. I've only had it for a couple weeks now and use it every time I shave and will continue to do so - at least until I move on to something better. It works just fine at making a fine lather and probably isn't bad for folks starting out with wet shaving. Also won't shatter if dropped on the floor (a real possibility with a mug in soapy hands). I bought this because I wanted something "special" that was made for and would contribute to the wet shaving experience, if only in spirit. I use Proraso shave cream and a cheap Escali badger brush.

Drawbacks are:
1. Loses heat. This bowl with it's fairly thin stainless construction just won't hold heat like a nice heavy ceramic mug. I pre-heat the bowl and soak my brush but by my second pass the lather has cooled.
2. Size. Could be just a bit larger. Lather tends to slop over the sides during a good whip with my badger.
3. Shape. Sexy for sure, but the fluted edge doesn't do anything for keeping lather in the bowl during/after whipping it up.

Anyway, a good overall product that looks nice and performs it's basic functions well enough. A dollar store ceramic mug might not look as nice but would probably be even more functional with it's ability to hold heat and keep the lather in it's place. I can't really recommend this product, however I can't discourage it either. It's a better bargain than a $35 "shave mug" that functionally is no better than a cheapo coffee mug. But if you're on a budget and just need "something that works" you may as well pull a mug from your kitchen cabinet and use it instead. Personally I can see myself investing in a scuttle (look it up) at some point in the future for maximum heat retention and simple usefulness.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2011
You can't beat this for the price. It looks great with all your other shaving tools. As with any other bowl it works great for the task it is designed for and it is easy to hold. The construction is very sturdy and the finish is good. I dont think it is any fake chrome stuff or anything but I will update if I run into any problems with it flaking off or anything. For around $13 this is a steal.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2011
Shaving with soap and a brush actually provides a closer, more comfortable, more exhilerating blade shave than lather out of a can. The great thing about a stainless steel shaving bowl, as opposed to a ceramic bowl, is that if in some manner, the bowl gets dropped or knocked onto a tile bathroom floor, it won't break. I like the rubber ring around the bottom of the bowl, which causes it not to move while applying lather to the brush. However, I found that I can and did find a cheaper stainless steel bowl at the Petsmart. It's a stainless steel cat food bowl, and it works just as well in holding shaving soap.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2012
It's a bowl, it holds soap. It's stainless, doesn't corrode, if you drop it, it doesn't break.

Con: The rubber foot thingy tends to fall off.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2011
(husband reviewing) its smaller then i thought it would be. says "large" and its smaller then the few mugs i have owned but it works for the most part. there is some spillage over the most of the time so im extra careful. the metal seems pretty decent, wont bend if it falls, most likely wont dent. the finish is avg...bottom of the bowls finish is not good at all. the rubber is horrible...maybe i just got a bad rubber bottom from the mold but it looks low quality however it functions just fine. like i said its ok...not great but works. something that works for this price is ok in my book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2012
This is a light weight poorly stamped product.
The "non-slip" ring on the bottom is very poorly designed, is doesn't stay on the bottom of the bowl while building a lather, or even during a rinse out.I would have expected a decent "rubber like" product, this is some type of cheap plastic.
The metal is so thin that it doesn't hold any heat in order to keep your lather even remotely warm for repeated applications (as typically performed by most DE shavers).
This product isn't worth the "Amazon Prime" shipping cost, let alone the price they sell the bowl for.

If are looking for a bowl/mug to use for wet shaving look into a wooden bowl, or a ceramic mug.
Save your money and buy a big mouthed coffee mug from the thrift store or a garage sale before considering this one.

I wouldn't have given this 1-star but the review process requires you to give at least one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2011
The only thing I wish was different was if the mug was a bit taller as the shaving cream does leak from the side but the cost of this item outweighs any and all negatives. The price is outstanding and is not charged a premium for being a specialty item for people who use brushes for shaving. Worth the buy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2012
I ordered this shaving bowl to match my other stainless and chrome shaving and bath accessories, which it does nicely. The bowl itself is pretty well made, with a nice, shiny finish and solid construction. The only flaw in the bowl itself is being able to see three or four very slight blemishes in the bottom of the bowl where the base and the bowl were spot welded together, but they are very slight. Just the fact that the bowl was polished after welding shows that there is at least some care put into the manufacturing of the bowl.

Yes, the material is thin, so it doesn't really hold heat, but that is an inherent property of stainless steel, so I expected it. If you really need your bowl to retain heat, buy a thick ceramic mug or bowl.

However, I was quite disappointed in the bottom rubber ring. It does not fit the bowl very well, and can easily fall off. It also looks and feels very cheap. What I plan to do (and what the manufacturer could do to make a much nicer piece) is dip the bottom quarter-inch or so in the liquid tiny "plasti-dip" you can buy to coat tool handles. That way, it should be still be non-slip, but look and feel more high quality than the cheap rubber slip-on (I should actually call it fall-off) rubber ring it comes with.

If it wasn't for the cheap rubber ring, I would rate this five stars. It does every thing I expected, and looks great doing it. Also, considering the price of stainless steel, and that there is a fair amount of work in this bowl, I feel the price is quite reasonable.
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