Item weights once place I insist the game rules need to more or less match reality.
I've handled waterskins, mail armor, shields, historical swords, leather packs, food similar to iron rations and lots more. I know what they weigh and there is no way that I am going to be able to ignore nonsense like 10lb swords (like 2e Bastard Sword) and 100lb armor. And yes as much as I loved old school these days, item weights well, were one of the clear cut cases of "Good Old Days Weren't" with old school games.
Happily I have plenty of information on better weights and am not at the mercy of game writers who research was well, lacking.
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