FWIW, most of the folks who have bought GP seconds have reported that the defects are almost undetectable and are defects only in the finish, not in the construction.
+1 Larger capacity is better, and for me, anything less than a 4" wide bowl is a non-starter.Two important considerations when choosing a scuttle are 1) how much water does it hold? and 2) how wide is the 'inner' lather bowl?
More water will enable the scuttle to stay warm for a longer period of time. And a wider bowl will make building your lathering more comfortable. My S-scuttle holds 16oz of water and the width of the inner bowl is 4.5''.
I agree with shevek. Not having the Schwarzweisskeramik in the poll is a major oversight. The "Panzer" of scuttles is all you'll ever need.I replaced a Georgetown Pottery G5 with a SchwarzweissKeramik S-Scuttle and it is definitely superior.
Two important considerations when choosing a scuttle are 1) how much water does it hold? and 2) how wide is the 'inner' lather bowl?
X2 my G20 Second is pretty near flawless. Not having used other scuttles I can't comment on best. However, I will say that my G20 is a damn fine product and a nice cold weather addition to any wet shavers arsenal.The Georgetown Pottery seconds are pretty affordable and many people (myself included) are not able to figure out what makes them seconds.
Plus One: Very partial to my R.B. scuttleI'll cast my vote for Robert Becker (who I understand is taking a well deserved sabbatical)! He gets 'alota' love here because he is such fine 'Potter' with great customer service!
"The things I make [in pottery shop] may be for others, but how I make them is for me". Tony Konovaloff