Well, try Bard, by Keith Taylor. The first "novel" of this series is in fact several short stories linked together to form a continuing storyline. Very good stuff, and I bet you will want to track down the rest. The first Imaro book. by Charles R Saunders is put together in a similar way, and is some truly awesome S&S. Also, check out Nifft the Lean, by the late Micheal Shea., and for something newer, try A Road of Blood and Slaughter by David Hunter.
I have one of the Hanwei-Tinker Viking swords, and it is one of the better replicas available today. Tinker Pierce is one of the best makers and designers working now, and I have commissioned original pieces from him. People who know swords only from reading and movies are always amazed at how light and handy the real swords are. Swords for one-handed use rarely go as heavy as three pounds and are often under two pounds. They don't cut with weight but with the geometry of the blade. You have to learn how to hold the sword as it's not instinctive. The pommel has to slide inside your wrist instead of digging into it. Once you're used to swinging it that way it's amazing how natural it feels. Have fun with it.
Thanks for the tips JMR. I have played around a little more with with the sword, and your technique works wonders. It fairly comes alive in my hand as it hums through the air. The feeling is sublime. I have no desire to strike human flesh with it, but it was very much made to be swung about. I have read how a wielder could "feel" the life of an opponent leave the body through his sword, the same way you can feel the life end when you touch an arrow buried the rib cage of a deer, and you feel the last few beats of it's heart. The blade feels that sensitive, a conduit between life and the afterlife. Bah, I begin to babble...
Yep, it's pretty cool, and I will cherish it always.
Got my sword today, a 9th century Viking sword. It is fantastic, but I may feel this way as it is my first sword. It is less than 3lbs, but feels weighty and powerful in the hand. I shall name it "Helm Splitter". I am surprised at how thin the blade is, and how flexible it is, but I have been deceived by movie prop swords seen on the big screen. My hand does not fit the grip too good, but I do not intend to do a lot of "cutting" with it. As I take a few careful test swings with it, I already feel better qualified to write about a sword in my short S&S stories; it ain't like the movies! It will be on proud display in my home, with the occasional outing for pumpkin cleaving and other such fun.
Fargo: Massacre River by John Benteen (Ben Haas). In this story, two-fisted adventurer and mercenary Neal Fargo is in the Philippines to take on a deadly job escorting a Chinese bride-to-be 300 miles into the interior to her awaiting groom. The journey is through some of the toughest, most dangerous terrain in the world; warring tribes, bandits, rogue soldiers and even cannibals inhabit the countryside. Not sure when this takes place, just before WWI, so about 1912 or so. These stories by Ben Haas are some of the best adventure reading you will encounter; more pulp historical adventure than "western", as they were marketed to the buying public. Ben even wrote a few S&S novels during the heyday in the late 60's and early 70's. At about 135 or so pages this book is a little slim, but it packs a hell of a punch; Neal Fargo is a sort of turn of the century Conan, he is that badass! And, the series is slowly becoming available as e-books from Piccadilly Publishing, and at less than $2 per, a hell of a lot less than the rare, expensive paperbacks!