Originally Posted by Ceric
Honestly, vanilla is probably best to start off with. None of the weapons (except for Medic melee weapons) are straight upgrades to the stock weapons.
Eeeeeven then most of them aren't. The ubersaw is likely the only one that is, and even then the bonesaw has it's place. I still run with the needlegun rather than bluts in most cases (:
I would say the degreaser/axetinguisher combo is a straight upgrade though, purely because of sheer damage output possible with it.