I'm tired of waiting for Busse Combat to offer a Viking or Carolingian sword so I need some advice from people more knowledgeable than I am. I'm not interested in a wall hanger / decorative sword. I want a "real" sword that can be abused in thrusting and chopping action. I'm ready to order one but haven't decided exactly how much I want to spend. Therefore, I'd like recommendations in two price ranges: $500 or less and $1000 or less.