I would suggest to you that you might want to look at the sword from Kris Cutlery.* It has received very good reports for its price. The balance point being 5 3/4" or so forward of the guard is apprpriate for a sword such as the Viking Sword which is a slashing sword and not a thrusting sword. Its weight may be a bit on the high side, but not too much. BTW, their Pompeii gladius has received very good reports for the sword if not the scabbard. The scabbard is probably minimally acceptable but the sword is reputedly very nice. The same could probably be said of the scabbard for their Viking sword. It is leather and you don't want to store a carbon steel blade in leather as the acids in the leather hves a tendency to discolor the steel.
Another place is Kult of Athena.** The sell a number of makes at a discount from what the makers tend to price them. Take a look at some of the Windlass Steel swords such as the Ulfberht, the Sticklestad, and the Leuterit. These have received accptable reviews when one considers their cost. They probably have rat-tail tangs, but they are cheap and I haven't read of any of those particular swords filing of late. The Windlass swords come with a "sort of" edge but the shop will sharpen them for you for a nominal fee and it is worth it. There is also a very pretty sword from Hanwei/Paul Chen called the Godfred that has a pattern welded blade. The original Godfreds had heat treat problems and there were some blade failures but the newer ones seem to have gotten a handle on that. It comes more or less sharp.
KOA also sells the Generation 2 River Witham sword which was developed under the supervison of the late Hank Reinhart, one of the main experts in Western Sword Arts. There have been mixed reports on it, but what I have seen of it is really nice. This sword is made in the Philippines by smiths for Imperial Weapons whose Bowie Replicas I have bought and they do really nice job on their work when they put their minds to it. Imperial has it on sale for the same price as KOA and I can recommend dealing with Clyde Hollis there.*** BTW, if Bowie Knives are of any interest to the denzens of this forum, they should look at the current offering from Clyde.**** It is a replica of a James Daniel Searles Bowie for $209.00 and cheap at the price. I have one and it is a beauty. Not so nice as the one from Dixie Gun Works which I also have, but it costs $250 + another $130 for the proper period appropriate sheath, for a total of $380. Buy the Generation 2 Bowie if you are even thinking of one. The Searles Bowie is, IMO, the classiest of the better known Bowie variants and Hearles has a real connection to the Bowie family as his smithy/shop was in Baton Rouge, just up the river from Rezin Bowie's plantation and Rezin, James Bowie's brother, was known to give Searles Bowies as gifts. He gave one to a Capt. Fowler of the US Dragoons in the 1830s and it now resides in the Alamo Museum. Also, I have been offered up to $500 for the first of the Generation 2 Bowies, his replica of the Musso Bowie now out of production. I turned it down.
I would suggest staying away from Valiant Armoury, Depeeka, and Ritter Steel as all three of them have the reputation of being steel bars, durable but heavy and badly balanced. You can, of course, deal with Cold Steel if you wish but I will not patronize Lynn Thompson as I cannot abide his bloody awful hype nor some of his business practices such as ripping off others' designs. If you doubt me on this, take a look at his Black Talon folder and then look at the Spyderco Civilian or Harpy. A quick look at his Monthly Special, the Pendleton Hunter, and it is a copy of A.G. Russell's WoodsWalker knife, except that the Russell knife is likely better made and less expensive. His Viking Sword is both more expensive and no where near as accurate a replica as the River Witham Sword or any of the Windlass Steel swords as far as I can see. But, then, I may be prejudiced. Compare them for yourselves.