I'm just curious: we all know that Federation replicators don’t make weapons, but what counts as a weapon? Is a knife and fork a weapon or just the knife? The plate itself is a weapon (technically).
My question is: is there any reference or instance on where the line is drawn on what could be called a weapon? I am willing to accept anything replicated that could be used as a weapon, I understand that the only answer to this may be the most extreme example of a weapon (or something that could be used as such) being replicated.
Just for clarity I’m looking for the classification for a weapon (in Federation ones mainly), not if it could replicate. The most commonly-known example is the DS9 replicator replicating a self-firing phaser unit (but that’s what its capable of) not what I’m asking, I'm looking for the border lines of where the computers says 'hey why do you need this'.
And not the DS9 episode where a TR116 was replicated — I'm asking about everyday use, no special clearance required. Imagine some breaks in and you’re next to the replicator; what’s the most dangerous weapon you could ask for to defend yourself?