10 Tips For A Better Shave On The Neck (+ Giveaway!)

Neck Trouble?

[This article was originally published at Art of Manliness on August 9, 2012.] The neck can be a particularly troublesome area to shave.  Some just can’t seem to get a close enough shave.  Others are troubled by razor burn with redness and pain, nicks, cuts, and ingrown hairs.  Here are 10 strategies that can help tame the neck:

The New Razor

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I am not an expert on the origins of shaving, but consider it highly likely that it was a woman’s idea. The suggestion would have found fertile ground in the small clan of hunter-gatherers as it spread contagiously around the campfire, and by the next morning the hairy men of the tribe would be lined up at the lake attempting to remove their excess facial hair with the sharpened jawbone of a recently killed gazelle. Over time coconut shells would be honed to an edge, in order to provide the additional features of a rough husk to separate the Neanderthals…

(Video) The Stahly Live Blade

Stahly

This is the Stahly Live Blade razor.  There were several safety razors with vibrating heads over the years but the Stahly was probably the best-known.  It was produced from the 1940’s into the 1970’s and had a reputation as a very well-designed and well-built razor.  Some called it the Cadillac of safety razors.  

(Video) The Muhle R41 Razor

The Muhle R41

[UPDATE: HERE is a post about the newer, 2013 R41 head that is not quite so aggressive.] The muhle R41 is one of the latest in a series of recent engineering design changes going on through the double-edged safety razor world (in addition to new razors such as the Weber and the Ikon one-side-open-comb-one-side-safety-bar).  It sports an unusual razor head, a hybrid of the classic open-comb razor and the more recent scalloped safety bar design.  It has generated some interest in the safety razor world recently, particularly in some of the discussion forums, for not only its innovative design but also…