Cold Steel is quickly becoming the go-to company for functional, affordable, reproduction swords and weapons. Their stuff is great for reenactors, or folks who just like chopping stuff up in the woods with old style tools! The Man at Arms was a warrior, pure and simple. A stalwart and dependable fighter who exhibited great martial prowess with a range of weapons. He was a capable and competent warrior who was the veteran of many conflicts and was often first into the fray. Although he was not a Knight, he fought and trained alongside them as a brother in arms. To honor these rugged, reliable, salt-of-the-earth warriors Cold Steel has created a range of true journeyman's weapons that they have called the Man at Arms Collection. These practical and battle ready swords lack the gleaming blades and polished silver steelwork of their other swords, but they pack a resounding punch where it counts! Approximating the quality and performance of these high end swords, the Man at Arms collection features a selection of some of the finest high performance blades but at a markedly reduced price. Their fully sharpened and blued blades have a distinctive gun metal finish that compliments their black leather handles, and when well-oiled they are gleamingly beautiful in their own right. If you always wanted a Cold Steel sword, but couldn't afford one, the Man at Arms collection is for you. This is a well executed, high value version of the CS88CWS Chinese War Sword with a blued steel blade.