It's all up to the what sort of hair you shave, the coarser your beard, the sharper blade it takes to cut it down, and the faster it deteriorates the blade.
This is most of the reason I've had a beard most of my adult life.
I got blasted a few times for not having shaved that day, by my sergeant, when I was in basic training, until my corporal would point out that I'd passed inspection that morning, so clearly had. It's stupid thick and grows like a weed; I get 5 o'clock shadow by lunchtime.
I used to use disposables, but it's expensive as heck; I usually used a Mach 3, and a blade would last me a half a week, maybe a week, depending on how dull I'd let it get. Even then, it would take a few passes with the razor to get it down, and my stubble would clog it the heck up constantly.
It's bad enough that, if I let it grow for a couple days, it's going to be faster for me to use the shavette, even factoring in the lathering and steaming time, than it's going to be to use a disposable to scrape it off. These days, I just use disposables for a quick cleanup in the shower, any serious shaving, I go with the shavette. Which is also stupid cheap to use; the blades cost me peanuts for a pack of 50, and that pack of 50 will last me a year, rather than dropping $15 on a 5-pack of Mach 3 razors, that might last me a month.
Damn right I do.
I've gone through pretty much every variation, but full beard is still my favourite. Oh and I don't consider that five o' clock shadow that's apparently "hip" to be a beard, it's a stubble.
Damn straight! They're just imitators. If people aren't intimidated by your facial hair, it's not a beard.
Usually have a beard but screwed up the trimming so back down to stubble again and man do i hate it. Look about 6 years younger (as in 18 instead of my 24) Going to take me about 3 weeks to get back to normal. And have to go through the scratch phase again grrrr....
Tried a tight goatee however it didnt go with my hairstyle so going to try it again after I get my head shaved for charity and see how it looks