The final chapter on Swordgate remains to be written. There are still a few swords that we're aware of that we don't have many details about, and we're still missing the real "smoking gun" to nail down exactly when and where these Fake Hercules Swords were first produced. Without a doubt, however, they are all modern creations. There is and never was a "Naples Museum sword." The sword purportedly found on Oak Island didn't come from a shipwreck, was not covered in gold, did not have magical navigational powers, and it is not made using Roman-era metallurgical methods. The sword will never appear in history books. There will never be a "White Paper," and you will probably never get an admission from the principal proponent of the sword that the whole thing was a big pile of baloney. C'est la vie.
I solemnly pledge that by the fourth anniversary I'll finally get the database and everything else in the archives tidied up and up-to-date. Maybe I'll even get a draft of the Swordgate paper going.
In the spirit of remembrance for those of us who live in reality, here are some important retrospective posts from previous years. Enjoy!
- "Ten Great Moments in Swordgate History: A Look Back" (6/11/2016)
- "Swordgate Year One: 365 Days of Thimblerigging" (12/16/2016)
- "And a Very Merry Swordgate to You!" (12/26/2016)