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#1 Mark S.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:48 AM

I apologize if this has been asked before, but I would like to submit a blade (my first shinsa ever) at the Chicago Show in April. I live locally, so will be able to attend in-person and submit the blade. For those who have been through the process, can you give a few pointers and a quick rundown of the process?

Main questions:
1) When reserving a 'time slot', is that the rough time the blade should be dropped off, or when it will be judged by the Shinsa team, or when it will be available for pick up after having been reviewed by the team?
2) If the time slot is not the time the blade should be dropped off, how soon before the time slot must the blade be presented?
3) How soon after blade is judged can it be picked up?
4) Any other advice?

Thank you in advance,
Mark

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:57 AM

Time slot is when you drop it off.
It can run a hour or sooner.
If you go look at tables you'll forget about time.
Good luck on your entry!
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 02:50 PM

Hello:
Chris Bowen will tell you when to show up with the blade, they usually are running slightly late, but be on time. The time from intake to you being able to come back and pick it up runs about an hour as the blade must be physically documented, seen by a judge, notes made, and if passed photographed. You will probably be asked to present it in a paper saya wrap, habaki not included, and by all means have no oil on the blade. Things usually go very smoothly. When you get your walk out worksheet copy it will have remarks in Japanese however the key info of smith, date, etc. will probably be noted in English or you can ask that it be indicated. Final payment if it passes in cash.
Good luck.
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#4 Stephen

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 03:36 PM

Thanks for full process Arnie, my post was at midnight for hourly WC call. 


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#5 Mark S.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:19 PM

Appreciate it. So if I am planning to attend most of the day on Saturday (I roam for HOURS), I just need to try to schedule a time slot when I will have plenty of time on both ends (drop off and pick up). Should I really stick to that time, or is early drop off acceptable/proper? Want to 'respect the process' while still being safe. I'm sure Mr Bowen gets deluged with this same question, so just trying to educate myself beforehand.
Thank you again,
Mark

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:39 PM

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best to drop it off at the assigned time. that helps the shinsa team keep on schedule. When you drop it off ask when it will be ready, they will give you an idea, i usually come back after they say as it usually takes longer.


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