Straight razor for cheek and neck line?

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    Nigel David Kelly

    I purchased a straight razor for exactly the same purposes as you are thinking of.

    It took me a while to get used to it and I did cut myself a few times.

    But in the end I went back to the standard safety razor because it just took too long and with the safety razor at least I'm not always worried about cutting myself.

    I think a straight razor would work better for someone who is completely clean shaven.

    Only my own personal experience here.

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    David Lopez

    Cool to know your experience Nigel. 

    And how do you handle the safety razor to be more precise on the lines?

    I have tried using a comb to not cut excess hair, doing it side way instead of downwards. But I always end up cutting more that I want... *sigh*

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    Steven

    I love my straight razor.  I would recommend a shavette (like the one you have on your post) so you don't have to worry about sharpening and honing your blades, but I will warn you that you get what you pay for.  I would spend a little bit more money and get a quality shavette.  I personally use the feather SS shavette because it has incredibly sharp blades that last forever (https://www.amazon.com/Feather-Folding-Handle-Razor-Black/dp/B008CF6KMC/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1486494862&sr=1-1&keywords=feather+razor+shavette), but I have friends who swear by the Dovo, which takes standard single-edge razor blades (https://www.amazon.com/Dovo-Shavette-Straight-Razor-Handle/dp/B001GMVNXO/ref=sr_1_9_s_it?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1486495067&sr=1-9&keywords=shavette).  Either way, ditch your multi blade razor and go for the shavette or a safety razor.    

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    David Lopez

    Thanks for the reply Steven.

    The Dovo one looks cool to try it out and at a reasonable price, I don't want to spend too much on the first one.

    Any advice in handling it for the cheek and neck lines?

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    Steven

    When I first started using straight razors (before my beard-growing days), I used the following to learn: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2009/10/06/how-to-straight-razor-shave/

    For the cheek and neck lines, I would use a small amount of shaving cream just above  where you want the line to be for lubrication.  Then use short downward strokes with the razor while stretching the skin with your other hand.  Be sure your angle is right so you cut the hair without cutting yourself.    

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    Nigel David Kelly

    It is really just practice. I place the safety razor so it sits slightly on top of the edge of the beard hair, so the first blade is in contact with the bare skin then shave away from the beard.

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