In Square Enix's Vagrant Story there is a massive engine for crafting your own weapons out of components of current weapons, merging weapons, adding gems, etc etc.
I never actually made use of this as it was too confusing and I figured that the game would supply me with decent enough equipment to get through the game.
After the first 3-4 hours of the game (where I deal an average of 50 damage) I find that all my equipment does 1 damage. The only way I've been able to make my way through the game (particularly boss fights) is to use two chains that will slowly develop the damage. This eventually got too frustrating because if I missed a chain, the boss would turn around and kill me in one strike.
I started another game and actually tried to make use of the blacksmithy engine, but with no luck..
Am I missing something obvious or are your weapons meant to be this feeble beyond the first 10% of the game?