Old_Hat said:I have two scuttles, both antiques, that I bought mostly because I like them, and I broke another.
To be honest, the only time I use them is when the power is out, and that is rarely, or on occasion for travel "off the beaten path", although then I'm usually travelling a little light to consider taking one. They are very convenient for somewhat more "primitive" circumstances- put a kettle on the Alpaca kerosene stove, when it whistles I fill the scuttle and tea mug or pot at the same time, carry the scuttle upstairs for a nice hot shave, and the tea is steeped by the time I'm through.
AFAIK, that's how they're intended to be used. I don't see that there's any particular advantage for cleaning the brush, or if you're just shaving with hot tap water. On the other hand, if you don't have a scuttle when using hot water from a kettle, you really need two containers.
I'm afraid for routine day-to-day shaving I'm something of a philistine. I don't get any pleasure out of it, it's just a chore, and one that takes far too long in the morning when I have no time to spare. I shave in the shower because my beard is softer in there and it's faster.
For those having real trouble with the soap slopping over, you may be using too much water. That seems to be the most common mistake men make when trying the brush technique.. if the brush is too wet, you get foam that's pretty much useless, instead of a real lather. A thick lather whipped up with a just-barely-wet brush is much different than a wet foam, and will lubricate far better. A good soap and lather makes more difference than a better blade.