This is funny. In my never-ending quest to get to the bottom of Swordgate, I stumbled across this classified ad on the website Kijiji. Someone in Winnipeg has taken it upon him or herself to attempt to sell a Design Toscano sword for about twice what they sell for on Amazon.com with the following pitch:
"A replica blade of a sword that was found in an old shipwrecked roman ship in Canada B.C which would have been the first people to discover Canada before Christopher Columbus but did not report it or make it back. Made of a heavy iron all way through and not sharp at all."
The ad (titled "Old Ceremonial or Marine Roman Sword") is dated December 20, two days after the internet discovered that the cast iron "Gladiator's Sword of Pompeii" sold by Design Toscano was identical in design (but not materials) to the Nova Scotia sword touted by J. Hutton Pulitzer as a "100 percent confirmed" Roman artifact.
Since I now own a Design Toscano sword, I can tell you that the sword shown in the ad is just that. It may have been painted black, but all the divots on the blades match and it's pretty obviously the same thing.
Maybe Pulitzer could autograph these things and include them with his yet-to-be released book "Commodus's Secret." It looks like he's starting a new industry.
Normally I would try to format the post so that there isn't all this white space at the bottom, but it's been a long holiday break and I'm just going to live with it.