I finally got around to visiting one of my local Asian grocery markets 2 weeks ago and.. finally bought myself a suribachi bowl. It wasn't a dollar but it wasn't crazy expensive either for an authentic made-in-Japan suribachi bowl: 14 dollars. For those not in the know, suribachi bowls are used in the kitchen to grind seeds and make pastes for cooking and eating. It's a Japanese version of the mortar and pestle. The usual pestle that comes with it is called surikogi and is made of wood, generally (at least, authentic ones anyway) from the sanshō tree (Japanese pricklyash). Obviously, the pestle wouldn't be used in shaving... unless you have some dried up soap you want to grind into powder? I absolutely love it the suribachi bowl. It does wonders making that awesome lather. I'll never use any other type of bowl or scuttle again. Jody Approved.