5th February 2004, 10:59 AM
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!
5th February 2004, 12:20 PM
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.
6th February 2004, 01:50 AM