The Oakeshott Type XVIIIa was a very popular sword because by the 15th century, the battlefield required a much more versatile weapon.
Thrusting swords were still needed to deal with plate armor, which by this period was essentially invulnerable to cuts.
But the armor of the average infantry man was becoming more mobile and less armored as the use of longbows, crossbows and other missile weapons began to dominate the battlefield.
With a somewhat slender and even graceful looking blade that swells slightly at the base and tapers to a strong point, type XVIIIa swords could have almost any type of cross guard or pommel and so, apart from the blade, are impossible to identify by fittings alone as are some earlier era swords, mixing and matching parts like a diner at a smorgasbord.
For a representative example, the most famous of all the Type XVIIIa swords was the so called Albrecht sword which despite being over 500 years old is in pristine condition and was believed to have been owned Albrecht II of Austria.
It was a popular sword in the 14th and 15th centuries, and remains a popular one with sword manufacturers and collectors alike even to this day.
Indeed, there are quite a few production swords available to the enthusiast so we have presented below 3 battle ready replicas that we feel offer the best value for money to historical accuracy ratios.
MyArmory has an excellent in depth article on Type XVIII swords and the various sub-types here which explains their history and lists some high end reproductions and images of actual antiques.
And of course, you can - and should - read more about these swords and all the others in the Oakeshott Typology in his book, Records of the Medieval Sword
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