this is my first post on Nihonto message board.
I work with mokume gane as a jeweler and have enjoyed a superficial study of Japanese metals over the last few years for some bespoke work for clients so when I found this piece framed in a thrift store I was fairly surprised!
I have done a few hrs of research on this piece comparing it to gimei and pieces by teruhide on various websites & forums and i am starting to have a faint glimmer of hope that this is the real deal and not Gimei as the flow and fluidity of the waves and detail is just so perfect to my un-trained eyes!
any opinions or thoughts would be much appreciated.
there were 2 tsuba in the case and I can post pictures of the other as well but is of very poor workmanship in my humble opinion. almost as if some one tried to copy this tsuba maybe an apprentice?