If you're still on the fence about whether the sword is Roman or not, you're probably eagerly looking forward to the latest "proof" that we're told is on the way: a 200-page document that J. Hutton Pulitzer says will finally make the case for the sword and show why he's right and everyone else is wrong. The report, we're told, is supposed to be released on "the 15th." I presume that's the 15th of February but, as one person on Facebook remarked, it could just as easily refer to the 15th of Nevuary. I've learned not to hold my breath for these things.
I wanted to pass on a statement this morning by Kevin Burns, the executive producer of The Curse of Oak Island. Burns wrote a letter to Frank Magazine in response to a story by Mike Gorman titled "The Curse of Hoax Island" (Frank Magazine is only accessible online with a subscription, but I wrote a bit about the original story here and you can find a scan posted here). Regarding the sword, Burns writes the following (emphasis in original):
We never claimed otherwise. Testing it on camera, however, was essential if we were ever going to quiet Mr. Pulitzer.
Therefore, purchasing the sword was done to (A) test it to see if it could be real, (B) discredit Mr. Pulitzer and (C) create compelling television."
There will be a guest blog post coming later today from someone who knows much more about swords than I do - stay tuned!