Shaving Bowl Recommendation

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The bowl arrived today and my initial thoughts and observations are:

It is fairly flexible which may not be for everyone.
It doesn't have a flat bottom which I found inconvenient. I stood it in another bowl while not in use.
The smooth surface on the outside is slippery in some situations but I found it grippy enough in use.
The inner surface created a lather quickly and efficiently.

It won't be my favourite bowl but it has identified some elements I want from my "perfect" bowl. :)
 
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What was the bowl lathering like?

In my very limited experience, out of the three bowls I have it is the best. I have a Captain's choice copy (ceramic) and the two silicon/rubber ones mentioned earlier. I like the slickness of the ceramic but the larger ridges/bobbles/lumpy bits produce the lather much quicker/easier.
 
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In my very limited experience, out of the three bowls I have it is the best. I have a Captain's choice copy (ceramic) and the two silicon/rubber ones mentioned earlier. I like the slickness of the ceramic but the larger ridges/bobbles/lumpy bits produce the lather much quicker/easier.
Thanks for the response. I've been looking for a bowl like this.

Best,

Ben
 
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I have this from PAA, fill the outer jacket with hot water, lathers up well, maybe a bit wacky but I like it
 
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All,

It came today and I used a random soap I had languishing around. I think it was the Dartmoor Soap Company. It worked an absolute treat. Lots of lather with relative ease.

I think I'll be shaving a lot more regularly now.

Best,

Ben
 
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I don't bowl lather except for samples for extremely soft soaps. Have been through several and keep going back to this cheap but effective non breakable bowl.
 
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A good selection here.

I too, have a 3D printed version. It seems to be okay, same sort of design - with soft ridges inside.
But always looking for something that is at least as effective and will look a bit nicer.
I don't mind sacrificing a bit of function for looks.
 
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Richmond, New Zealand
I bought a Yaqi shaving bowl. It's my first 'real' shave bowl as before I just used a wee bowl I made years ago when I had time for potting.
So I can only compare against my own made bowl or the Yaqi.
The Yaqi wins! Makes a great lather, but it is ceramic so it has some nice weight to it (yeah...don't drop it).
I face lathered for many years but now do quite like my new found lathering skills.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/100...o.store_pc_groupList.8148356.3.64375166LwoZ0F
 
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Not too far from LHR
I am trying hard to resist buying a Maisy Plum bowl. Hand made copper/enamel with melted glass beads, so should survive bathroom mishaps and each is an individual work of art, and the beads help whip up a lather. They're about £35 which is a fair price for such a piece IMO, but just more than I want to spend on a bowl seeing as I already have a Qshave heated one and mostly face lather. Maybe if she's still making them I will get the Hotmetalette to get me one for Christmas. Kind of coveting one but not justifying it.
 
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