If you are looking for a no-nonsense, sturdy, viciously sharp European sword, this is the one for you. Cold Steel has combined a lot of good points in this package: balance, heft, excellent geometry, quality fittings, and excellent performance in cutting and thrusting tasks. This is a considerable step above the standard $100-$200 spring-steel swords you find everywhere, and can compete functionally with custom-made blades. It's not decorated, but it delivers.
Reviewed by: Adam from Hawaii.