Oakeshott Type XVIIIb Swords were two handed swords with slender diamond profile or hollow ground blades shaped like a spike. Such a sword is obviously going to be deadly effective in the thrust, but is wide enough at the center of percussion, the point where most cuts make contact with the target, to cut with authority, making it extremely versatile.
Historical XVIIIb swords were nimble, extremely precise weapons and swordsman proficient in their use could literally make the blade sing as it slashed and darted through the air at speed. Widely used and most popular in what is modern day Germany, their preciseness probably appealed to the stereotypical German character, and while there are Type XVIIIb found outside of Germany, the vast majority were purely Germanic in manufacture and use.
While they were often outfitted with straight cross guards and T type scent stopper or type Y fish tail pommels, almost all had an extremely long grip with a distinctive waisted shape.
The Type XVIIIb appeals to modern day sword collectors and the type has been widely replicated by sword manufacturers, especially at the high end of town.
However, there are many good budget and entry level examples - so we will focus on those that we feel represent the best value for money to historical accuracy ratio.
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
I hope this information on Oakeshott Type XVIIIb Swords has been helpful. To return to Oakeshott Typology Made Easy from Oakeshott Type XVIIIb Swords, click here