@Brandon, Thank you Brandon for the suggestions and all opinions are always welcome and taken into consideration. At this time the main objective is to increase everyone's research and interest in the sword. It is a big prize to raffle away but I do understand where you are coming from. No one need be shy about submitting their Kantei as we will keep that private and the team organizing this is working on that for everyone, only the winning Kantei submissions and examples will be made public. Another aspect is the lead time, everyone gets (need it or not) 3 months to submit.
We have asked people to list their sources of information so we can weigh that too be it online or books where there is a will there is a way and with 3 months to spare there is definitely a library or book store close by too. For those who want success badly enough, there are no excuses, only solutions.
Again, new to register doesn't mean new to swords (for me at least), but through this challenge those truly new to the art will realize they are better than they think at recognizing swords.
Give it a go and I ask the truly new collectors to have faith in the NMB, as fellow collectors that your efforts will not go unrecognized