Best weapon, on the hardest difficulty, I still use it late into the game, and is super cheap to make near the very beginning. Go buy the broken glass dagger from the pawn shop in Suran, then enchant it with the biggest gem you can find with a heal self on strike with as many hit points as it will heal without going over the 1 point cost.
This is so cheap, so easy, and saves countless headaches (enemy absorb magic, reflect magic spell, really easy heal (just go beat a racer down), etc.). Also, you'll notice if you keep trying to grab the biggest twig available to beat down your enemies, the game becomes lame. This way, you really have to work to get that skill up, training or practicing, in order to be effective for the later fights.
Right you are, Ken.