Ah I see. I missed that part about starter vs crafted and the logical disconnect there.
The reason the crafted one is worse is cause you suck at crafting.
I noticed that the things I crafted with a 5 skill level were junk and the things I crafted with my chosen skill at 25 were Poor. So just raise the associated skill through practice and eventually the crafted weapon will be as good or better than the starter item, even using the same recipe.