Cold Steel is a U.S. based sword and knife company that is known for their rigorous standards for quality and performance. They provide high performance knives and swords that are designed to be tried and true, the result of painstaking research and development. This is a Cold Steel hallmark and they do not exaggerate. Their sword descriptions are highly accurate and come with a free Cold Steel DVD to show how strong these swords are. Cold Steel swords represent real, solid value for the money and definitely the top of the line for battle ready Medieval swords and Oriental style swords.