Ah, so this is intentional.
My main problem with forcing forged weapons is that they are inferior and surpassed by gear in general through the episodes/ages. Even the more common drops do this.
Nerfing is always a bad option, instead the solution I suggest is to buff forged weapons so they scale with the player and the content that comes out next to it.
It always feels better for a player of any game (and outside of it) to receive. Taking things away does more damage and is hard to repair by giving things back at a later point in return.
I want to suggest this youtube video for a really good explanation for this concept: