I had a full beard through college, grad school, and most of my adult life. I kept it trimmed close and trimmed around the neck and the cheek area. I never got good shaves before, and I liked the beard. SWMBO didn't mind it, either.
But within the last couple of years, I trimmed it even shorter, then went for the goatee. All that left me with more area to shave, and I went looking for a better way to do it. And I was ALWAYS a gadget person.
(Plus, I teach history. I love doing things the old fashioned way, as long as it is better. And many of the old ways are better. Not all, but many.)
[FONT="Trebuchet MS"]I do not belong to the school which holds that aggression is to be met by concession. Mine is the opposite creed, which teaches that encroachments must be met at the beginning, and that those who act on the opposite principle are prepared to become slaves. In this case, in particular, I hold concession or compromise to be fatal.[i]--John C. Calhoun of South Carolina[/i][/font]