I have to like it
Cold Steel swords are far from historically accurate, nor are they all that beautiful, but in the $300 range they vastly outperform their colleagues from Valiant, Windlass, etc. Strong steel, real cutting edges (i.e. not old springs with machine-ground edges thrown on) and solid construction give this the sturdiness to take a lot of use.
The Norman is a well-balanced, versatile one-hander that is quite fun to use. The CS videos are cheesy but they show what these swords can take.
Reviewed by: Adam from Hawaii.