I have bought what was advertised as a 17th c 'Samurai sword'. The pic in the ad said otherwise, but the price was good, so i travelled to buy it. It was in a parlous state, and if not rescued, would have been lost. a couple of weeks later, and some gentle non destructive cleaning, and it's been brought back to life. It still needs work, but you can see the potential.
The Tsuba, sarute and fuchi are all matching, and are deep relief solid brass. I don't recognise the motif. Interestingly, no seppa's were fitted to the tang above or below the tsuba, and none were needed as the tsuka was a tight fit. The habaki is signed.
I'm convinced it's genuine, but I'm worried about the blade. It appears to be mokume'/Damascus, so it's probably older. Advice please.