Archeologists Think They Have Blackbeard's Sword Or at least part of it, from North Carolina shipwreck By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jan 15, 2011 9:46 AM CST 11 comments Comments Captain Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard. He liked to light fuses under his hat to set off smoke and give him a more menacing look. (Getty Images) (Newser) – Cool find from archeologists poking around Blackbeard's sunken ship off the coast of North Carolina: They've found a gilded hilt that may have belonged to the bad man himself, reports Time. There's no way to know for sure, of course, but it's ornamental and probably of French design, seemingly well-suited for a pirate of his notoriety. Click to see photos of it at National Geographic. Blackbeard and crew had to abandon the ship when it hit a sandbar near the town of Beaufort.