I am not talking about swing speed.
I guess FS found swing speed vs cleave vs stagger vs damage to be in the right balance and I don’t have enough practical experience with it yet to tell how “useful” its stats are, but I can tell one thing for sure:
Recovery into block is WAY too slow! It is way slower than other 1h weapons and even slower than most 2h weapons! And this is just the normal block.
The riposte block is even worse, with the block shields showing up really late and the actual block applying even later than the shields showing up, which makes it pretty much useless for reactive use and is really just an insurance for people holding heavy attacks way too long while ignoring their surroundings.
Coupled with the poor cleave on cata, the performance drop-off is quite harsh.