I agree with Rich's review. I preheat mine the same way, it holds the right amount of lather stays warm the entire shave. It is heavy as you would expect and I like the design. The coloring and glaze on mine is beautiful. I am think it is worth the price and would recommend purchasing this is the sort of thing you're interested in.
Scuttle is nice, but there is a lack of paint and glaze on a good portion of lower visible portion of the bowl. For the money, I would expect better.
I had looked at many shave scuttles and not found the one that impressed me. This was my choice and I'm very happy with it. The nice earthy look blends with any decor. I submerge it in a sink of very hot water while I prep. Then I dump the water and refill with hot water. It is very easy to make a nice bowl of lather, I tried a few soaps and had good results with all of them. Having warm lather on your face helps soften and hydrate your whiskers. It's a comfortable shave you will quickly get used too. My only suggestion is to use a brush that holds a lot of lather. Scuttle bowls are a bit smaller by design, I used an Omega 48 and there was tons of lather for three plus passes. This scuttle is well made of heavy pottery to hold the heat. It will last a lifetime, if you don't drop it. I highly recommend this item.