I want to improve my technique for dispatching the birds quickly & humanely. I consider it my final courtesy to these animals. What would be the best instrument for making a sure clean cut right to the neck arteries? The knives I use sometimes don't cut all the way in with the first stroke, I find myself having to saw back & forth a few times & feel so bad for the birds. The last time I was using a utility knife blade. But I'm always concerned about losing it in the grass, it's so small, and with such potential for danger if left undiscovered in the yard. What do you think about using a straight razor? The kind barbers use, a long sharp blade on a folding handle? Where could you buy one? Also, please tell me if I'm doing this correctly. I hang the birds from their zip-tied feet, their wings are held in place with duct tape. I hold the bird's head in one hand, over its eyes, & stretch the neck a bit. Then I slice right under the jaw bone, until I get a stream of blood. I do the side to my right, the bird's left, first, then do the more tricky other side, without letting go of the bird's head. I figure when I have 2 streams of blood going, I've cut the right places -- correct? It always unnerves me when they keep twitching & flipping after they've been cut, it's difficult to tell if it's a dead reflex or a live protest. That's why I was chopping heads at first, at least you knew you killed the bird with the first stroke.