First things first if you dont remember version 1 read HERE
After using version 1 for a while I decide to see if I could make a few changes. I changed the out side chamber to be a round shape, the inner chamber is now shorter and the handle is more like the current G5 style. Those are the "major" changes. This increases the heat retention and increases the water chamber capacity with out changing the overall size. Round is the shape that retains the most heat which I learned from my tea drinking habits. Also increasing the water camber will allow for an increase in the scuttles "fire" heating power. Another interesting theory I have is the glaze. The Hamada and Persimmon has a high iron content. I believe this helps in the heat transfer rate and perhaps in overall retention. They even put a little plug in the pouring spout That was all them, which is a nice touch. The inner chamber is now 1.25 deep and 2 inches wide. Version 1 is 2.25 deep by 2.25 wide. I wanted this nice and tight to help keep in the most heat. Seems small but most face lathers have small brushes and it works perfect for us. Another reason for this is I found most of the hot lather was coming from the brush tips so I got rid of the extra space making it more efficient.
The Review & Performance
In comparison to version 1 its a touch shorter in appearance. The new shape increased the water chamber to 9.5 oz!! from the old 6 oz. Oh yea very Nice Lots of fire in such a small scuttle The new shape also feels more natural in the hands which is a plus.
So I did what I do with these scuttle, well ambrose what do you do with em I fill the outer chamber with water and once full I place my thumb on the pouring spout and empty the inner chamber if in case water got in. I then like to nuke it for 1 min 12 sec. I like it hot!
I then load my brush with my favorite soap or cream, and mash it around in the inner chamber. I wait a few seconds and start to face later. Then I put it back and when Im ready ill mash it a bit add water if needed and go again.
Im not sure if the plug helped or not but I did plug it when I used it today.
Anyway so how was it already!!!!!
It was just as hot as version 1 but it stayed hot for a super uber long time. I took my very sweet time and did a 20-25 min shave. I did two passes and lathered a third for fun, believe it or not it was still piping hot not just warm or just regular hot. Im talking toasty hot borderline too hot even after all that time The first pass was hot the second was piping the third was also piping hot. Im sure it had so much fire power it could go on for much longer but I was done.
The only "bad" with this brush scuttle is the pouring spout isnt perfectly centered with the handle. Its a very minor thing and this is a hand thrown piece. I just notice things like that, it doesnt affect the performance at all.
The other bad thing is its more accommodating for small type brushes at this small size. Then again I designed it for me/us face latherers and most of us have little brushes anyway.
If you like you like toasty lather that stays toasty for a super long time and you also like face lathering then this is certainly for you.
Im not in any way affiliated with GTP I only designed the scuttle for myself and wanted to share it with you guys.
Now the pics
Before you ask yes I broke the older ones handle and epoxied it back on.