Benefits to Forging, mathmatical
A perfectly forged weapon may be easily compared to a blessable or enchantable somewhat critical and damage weighted weapon. It is very speculative, though, as the benefit of an increased DF depends largely on the endroll, where a critically weighted weapon only depends on if you get a level 1 critical strike. Extremely high endrolls would lead to the increased DF to be better than light weighting, but against plate, to equal heavy critical weighting (which adds 5 phantom damage for determining the critical rank) in a longsword, one would need a +577 endroll (A +577 endroll would be a level 7 critical hit, level 8 with either of the weapons being compared), making a heavily weighted weapon much better against plate than a perfectly forged longsword. However, the perfectly forged weapon is enchantable and blessable, and if it is invar or steel, the weapon is also e-bladeable.
Once a level 9 critical hit is achieved, however, critical weighting becomes pointless, making damage weighted or perfectly forged weapons much more useful. For the purposes of comparing to damage weighting, ignoring the critical benefit to increased Damage factors, the endroll would need to be much higher, as critical weighting is halved and damage weighting is not. To equal heavily crit weighting (+5 phantom damage), against plate, with a longsword, a +577 endroll is needed, and the weighting becomes moot after +666 endroll. However, to equal a heavily damage weighted (+10 damage that doesn't count towards a critical) longsword in damage one would need a +1053 endroll. Damage weighting never becomes moot no matter how high the endroll.
As I stated in the article, the real benefit to forging is the upgradability of the weapon.
-BELATHUS 01:01, 15 January 2006 (CST)
Is there a link to information about cutting bars? I can't find it anywhere, and it'd be good on this page. (Gammit 00:28, 16 May 2007 (EDT))