Shaving around beard

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Hey there!

Been DE/SE shaving for about 9 years now and I'd say I have my technique pretty much down now and don't have a bloodbath unless I do anything silly like use Feather blades or go for 9 passes after a quadruple espresso or something like that! But every so often I grow a beard (this time at my 5 year old daughter's request as she said she misses it). I get stubble pretty much all over, to the extent that if I leave a bear untamed it's near enough a balaclava so I need to shave around it to get a more 'normal' shape, on cheeks and lower neck (as it otherwise merges with chest hair!).

Seeing where I'm going with my usual soap is tricky so I have been trying to use oil (I only had a supermarket brand one) but even using a quality soap and being careful I seem to end up with a lot of cuts, mainly on my neck but also sometimes on cheeks.

I assume it's as I'd normally shave my neck after doing below sideburns etc so stubble has time to soften etc but it is a bit ridiculous. Can anyone share tips or a recommendation for a good oil that provide a bit more protection? Or maybe a pre-shave, something like that?
 
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I line up a short beard every other day, don’t have a tash so I shave top lip and cheeks neck and a line up. I use regular shave soap but use the soap to line up where I shave to. I use a asd2 which I get great results with. I did have a feather artist club but I sold it on, they are very good for a sharp line up, the DE does fine but for that sharp look I’ve been looking in to straights really does pay off to have all the tools for lining up facial hair makes it so much easier
 
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Glasgow, Scotland
I line up a short beard every other day, don’t have a tash so I shave top lip and cheeks neck and a line up. I use regular shave soap but use the soap to line up where I shave to. I use a asd2 which I get great results with. I did have a feather artist club but I sold it on, they are very good for a sharp line up, the DE does fine but for that sharp look I’ve been looking in to straights really does pay off to have all the tools for lining up facial hair makes it so much easier
Yeah I've had an Artist Club before. Seems that no matter what razor I use I get cuts on my neck. Cheeks aren't so bad usually but neck is a nightmare...
 
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Yeah I've had an Artist Club before. Seems that no matter what razor I use I get cuts on my neck. Cheeks aren't so bad usually but neck is a nightmare...
Maybe concentrating on lining up is knocking you’re concentration on technique a bit, think when I first started with the beard the neck could be a bit sensitive but I think it’s getting used to starting from a different angle rather than already having that angle. Having said that I only use a mild razor and I don’t have very thick stubble
 
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