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    I bought this cheap chinese shinai in chinatown. Its a size 39 round handle. It came with some sort of finishing giving it a glossy look. I know there is a finish on it because on each of the staves, inside the color is different; its bare bamboo. To prepare this shinai, as in oiling it, do I have to sand the outside to bare bamboo or should I lightly sand it down smooth. Thank you in advance!

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    I think you only need to sand the edges of each stave. The sanding, as I understand it, is to prevent splintering when the slats rub against each other. The glossy finish might be from the store oiling it before hand.

    Cheers,

    James

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    • #3
      Originally posted by terloungbee
      I bought this cheap chinese shinai in chinatown. Its a size 39 round handle. It came with some sort of finishing giving it a glossy look. I know there is a finish on it because on each of the staves, inside the color is different; its bare bamboo. To prepare this shinai, as in oiling it, do I have to sand the outside to bare bamboo or should I lightly sand it down smooth. Thank you in advance!
      Yes, and when you are done sanding and oiling it, throw it away and buy a new one. Continue this until you realize you don't need to sand the outside of the staves.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Hai_hai
        Yes, and when you are done sanding and oiling it, throw it away and buy a new one. Continue this until you realize you don't need to sand the outside of the staves.
        Whyz dontz youz give himz yerz??????????since youz quitz da kendoz & dontz havez any usez 4 itz....

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