......I.....picked up a wakazashi Tsuba from Japan and some time later picked up a larger one that I believe completes the daisho.....Can anyone help me determine if this is his work or not......
I know these cast copies for more than 30 years when they were already on the market (the left one).
A closer look shows that the person on the left TSUBA has not only lost her face but also her hand, being very ashamed because of this bad copy. In the original TSUBA face and hand were probably made of soft metal.
As you are new in this field, things like these happen. My advice is to look at as many original TSUBA as you can. Buy books with good pictures and study them, and enjoy the workmanship of good original TSUBA.