Here is the letter, reposted by a faithful member; without all the neat images that has the quotes. I’m sure it will be removed as well eventually when they learn that there is still counter-evidence to the BoM on the forum
Favorite line (emphasis added):
I spent an inordinate amount of time attempting to determine what a sword from the time period of Laban would look like, its construction, etc. I could not locate one from his time period, but I did for an earlier time period, that of Solomon, about 250 years earlier. Using the description in the Book of Mormon, of the sword of Laban, I obtained a replica of the sword of Solomon, gold hilt and all.
The sword that I obtained weighs over eight pounds, is bottom heavy, (a gold handle), and is extremely clumsy to use – much to heavy to use in battle.
The hilt of a sword is the wrapping around the tang. It can indeed be made of gold wire. I know swords. The crossguard, or quillons, would NOT be be made of soft metal. In history, swords wielded by certain leaders might well have a gold wire or silver wire hilt. The whole hilt will NOT be so wrapped. The base will be leather with the final layer being the wire.
I have hundreds of them in my collection and I hold a 7th dan in Kendo. Steel was nearly unheard of in Pre-columbian America. Obsidian swords CAN be sheathed. You make the scabbard out of leather that has been boiled in oil. This would NOT be cow leather as there were no cows in Pre-C America.
The Sword of Solomon was crap.
So the Sword of Laban probably was not an effective weapon. Nibley says the gold hilt was a symbol of power (despite Nephi saying he used it in battle to defend his people) and that it was never intended to fight with. He compares it to the dagger of King Tut as evidence that such things existed in the ancient world.
“[N]one is more famous or more beautiful than the fine steel dagger with its hilt of pure gold and finest workmanship, that was found on the person of the youthful King Tutankhamen” (Hugh Nibley, Lehi in the Desert, V).
Ok… steel dagger with a hilt of pure gold, should be just a google away…
“…Tutankhamen’s tomb also contained a dagger with a gold blade” (The Age of Iron: Tutankhamen’s Tomb).
Wait… whuh? Gold blade?
“One of the most famous examples is knifemaker Buster Warenski’s replication of the gold dagger found in King Tut’s tomb. Warenski’s dagger was made with a cast gold blade and the knife contained 32 ounces of pure gold in its construction.”
Did I just catch Nibley in a published lie? That is very clearly NOT a steel knife with a golden hilt!
It’s a golden knife all the way through. Not a symbol of power and authority on a useable knife, but clearly just a symbolic knife (try cutting anything with gold).
Oh Nibley… did you have to mislead the entire church on such a simple matter?