i shave infrequently, with a 4 blade safety razor, before the shower. i lather up, then let it soften up while i brush my teeth. (i brush my teeth much more often than i shave tho...
dw prefers me with a few days to a week's growth, so i generally keep it around there.
i usually grow a beard in the fall, and try to keep it well trimmed. but one warm day and i sweat under it, and off goes the beard. well, at least for another week or two.
if i ever let anyone shave me with a straight razor, it'll be like in the old westerns. i'll be holding my six shooter under the towel, pointed at the barber's privates