“Torn Signpost, and i don’t care what anybody says to the contrary, is a melee weapon. You hit somebody with the signpost you’ve torn out of the ground ergo increased damage. Fists of death is just that: Fists, not a weapon – Hand Damage only. Undead strength would do the trick nicely though. Immortal grapple is just that, grappling with both hands, no weapons, ergo, only hand damage.
Now I shall sit idly by while the rule mongers and spirit-of-the-game ignorers tell you that while flailing about with a signpost, your stake will be that much more forceful…” — VampChamp1
Reference: VtES Usenet Newsgroupy (1998)