I have the problem of my beard trying to join up with my eyebrows, yes cheeks that wouldn’t look out of place on a Planet of the Apes extra. I have kept my disposable razor and occasionally I tackle the upward growth but often its just left!

I have always fancied using a straight edge razor, but the thought of slicing my face has deterred me and so I have persisted with disposables.

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Well that was until one of the ‘Guardians of the Beard’ Facebook group admins Jakir posted a Live feed on how to tidy your cheeks and get a good line using a shavette. Now I am going to hold my hands up here, I thought this was a straight edge razor but no, a straight edge is a solid blade and the shavette uses half of a disposable razor blade.

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Guardians of the Beard member Daniel Lee posted a video and said that he had Shavettes for sale on www.mdmformen.co.uk and that they were now on sale. So I threw caution to the wind and purchased a shavette.

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When the shavette arrived I put off the cheek shave until the next morning,I was still very worried about using it. I placed the shavette and a small bottle of Mo Bro’s Mango beard oil into a case that came with a Tactical Beards Beard care kit, my grandson gets into everything and I know its more than safe in this case.

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I sat at the sink (in wheelchair), inserting the blade is very easy, each disposable blade comes in a wax paper and folding this very slim blade snaps it in half. The shavette I have works by sliding the blade holder out and inserting the blade.

I wet my beard and applied a small amount of oil to my cheek, my heart had sped up quite a bit and carefully I placed the shavette against my cheek and immediately took it away. You instantly feel how sharp this blade is compared to a disposable razor. Using the recommended 30 degree angle I then ran the razor across my cheek and oh wow, why have I waited this long to use one?

I managed to get an amazing straight line on my cheeks, obviously not to barber standards but for me at home and a first attempt, I’m really pleased.

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I purchased my shavette from Modern Day Man Ltd for a reduced price of £2.99 (was £4.99) plus postage and I recommend this way of shaving, whether its to tidy your cheeks and neck or if you don’t have a beard and are clean shaven. I wish I had used one all those years I spent shaving.

Disposable cartridge razor blades are so expensive, they also clog up and we spend ages tapping the razor on the sink to free the blades up. I have seen Wilkinson Sword double edge blades on EBay for £6.50 for 50, that’s 100 blades as you only use half.

Guys its time to ditch the expensive razor blades and use a shavette, it feels like a better shave, it will save you money and no clogging. Also it feels rather manly using this style of razor!

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

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