It's been a while since I've been on this forum and that's mostly due to well, personal issues. I won't get into that though. I really got back into my writing recently and I noticed an unintentional flaw with one of my protagonists (Gregory Nelson). I think I've mentioned in other threads how Gregory's fighting style has him relying on speed, thus having him wear light armour and carry light weapons. One of these weapons was a custom-made katana composed of a tough alien metal called Erekrese. In order for a metal to be capable of what Erekrese is capable of, realistically it can't really be as light as Gregory needs it to be. Even if the katana is custom-made, I still think it's too heavy if Gregory is carrying it next to other gear. Not to mention the fact that I think katanas are being a bit overused in media as a means of making a character look "badass". I'm not looking to use an alien sword, as in the story Gregory gets his sword from a human "blacksmith" who's crafted Erekrese and other alien materials to make armour and weapons designed and modified to resemble those from Earth's history. A lot of the gear is extremely expensive but as Gregory robbed a bank around a month ago, "price is no object"