I clearly recall the feeling I had when I got the sword in the first Legend of Zelda game. It is the first item in the first screen you see (go into that obvious cave, dumbass) and you instantly know your asskicking odds just upped by about 100%. It is a first item in a game so common, people use the quote all the time:
It is dangerous to go alone, take this.
That is the line I would give a great many of my roommates when I was younger before handing them a condom before their night on the town. And a sword is a VERY practical first item for a video game to give you. It lets you know what lays ahead for you. Lots of ass kicking. Shweet. But what does the above first item say for the game Rune Factory 4? To me it spells out something very differently than what the game has in mind. Pretty sure the game wants me to harvest some stuff, but the sickest, most modern part of me thinks this just means I am getting laid in this game a LOT, which I also have zero complaints about.
But yeah, they are for harvesting, but we all know what the devs were think. Cannot say devil without the word dev, afterall.