@Rhaknar: That is some impressive progress in this short amount of time! Most people seem to get too pissed in Sen's and take a break.
Speaking of short, I helped a friend out with his playthrough with just some general tips, and he beat it in 23h. I wonder if the 60-80h playthrough of my day is dead now, with all the information that is available. :/
Oh and if you really like the feel of the Black Knight sword, then you can probably stick with that all the way to the end. Otherwise the Bastard Sword, Claymore and Man Serpent swords are similar in type. The man serpent one scales really well with strength too, so your points into that are doing some good. But then again, so are they when using the black knight one.
Man Serpant sword :O If that was supposed to be from the snake dudes, it didnt drop >_> People hate Sen's place you say? Because of the swinging axes, rolling balls and whatnot I imagine?
I dont know how far from the end I am, nor how long this character has of gametime...Steam says 28hours but I fucked around alot with different characters until I settled. But yeah like you said, I doubt it will take me (or anyone) 60-80 hours these days :P