Skyrim’s weapons are forged and crafted by blacksmiths which are considered to be mages in their own right. In Oblivion and Morrowind forging weapons and armor were non-existent; players were restricted to maintain their weapons as they slowly deteriorated with each strike and repair their armor with each blow they took.
The Armorer skill, with the deteriorating effect of weapons and armor, was completely removed and replaced with the new skill – Smithing, which allows players to enhance their weapons and armor, and forge new items, ranging from daggers, greatswords, warhammers, leather armor, steal armor, and even jewelry.
There are literally tons and tons of weapons to be found, purchased, looted and forged in Skyrim. The weapons that players will usually start off with in Skyrim will most likely be mundane daggers, swords, and maces made from either iron or steel; but as you progress, raise your skills, and complete quests, you’ll find more elven, ebony, daedric and glass weapons, usually with enchantments, popping up all over the place.
The most effective weapons in Skyrim are of course, the unique weapons and the daedric artifacts, which are not the same as normal daedric weapons. The unique weapons are one of a kind, only one has been forged and only one can be found the same holds true for the weapons obtained from daedric quests.
Although daedric and unique weapons are powerful, players can forge their own weapons to be equally if not more powerful than unique or daedric weapons. With the Smithing and Enchanting skills maxed out to 100, players can easily forge devastating swords, maces or warhammers that deals excessive damage with brute force and at the same time debilitates opponents with magical effects ranging from elemental damage, absorbing health, and temporarily paralyzing opponents. A weapon which has been forged with maxed out skills, sharpened, upgraded, and enchanted; can become powerful extensions of your character, however combining a maxed out weapon with poisons can elevate your character to a god-like status.
The weapons you choose to wield in Skyrim will depend on your character type and how you want to play the game. Warriors will most likely equip a two-handed weapon like a greatsword or a warhammer, Thieves usually feel more comfortable with a dagger or a bow with arrows dipped in poison; and mages… well, generally full-out mages don’t use any weapons with the exception of occasionally using staves.
With all these new features and weapons added to the latest chapter in the Elder Scrolls series, Skyrim became considerably better than its predecessors, however there is still room for improvement, even though we can finally forge swords and warhammers I think the mages would’ve enjoyed crafting their own unique staves.