Wanna revive this thread a little to present my 5 cents on this. What i think the levels should be (and this is highly subjective, so take it with a grain of salt) : BNIB : as it says - brand new in box. packaging seal untampered with, no fingerprints found inside packaging. 10/10 : opened packaging, kendama unplayed with, probably taken out for display, inspection, etc. 9/10 : isolated dents on tama, as a result of missed spikes, paint is pristine, and unaffected. 8/10 : isolated dents on tama, 1-5 nicks on ken. paint is pristine, and unaffected, slightly deformed spike. 7/10 : cluster of dents on tama, flat spots from dropping on flat surface(s), 5 or more nicks on ken. paint slightly chipped, slightly deformed spike. 6/10 : tama dents suffered from hard downspikes, yanks, floor drops on asphalt, 80% of paint remains, small chip on ken, 50% deformed spike (you can still make out a conical shape). 5/10 : large clusters of tama dents, 70% of paint remains, several small chips on ken or large chip, 70% deformed spike. 4/10 : large clusters of tama dents, 50% of paint remains, several large chips on ken, almost flat spike. 3/10 : tama is barely playable for stall tricks as a result of dents, 40% of paint remains, several large chips on ken, completely flattened spike. 2/10 : barely playable tama, 20% of paint remains, deformed but somewhat playable ken, flattened spike. 1/10 : barely recognizeable and playable setup. all paint stripped away, making it difficult to identify make/brand/model. 0/10 : completely unplayable and unrecognizeable. wood snapped cleanly in half, or chewed away by pet. your setup has been on life support, and has been begging you to pull the plug and end its misery. just do it. purification and redemption by fire.