A Zaw is a melee weapon crafted by the vendor Hok in Cetus using 3 parts purchased with Ostron standing.
The combination of a Grip and Strike decides what type of weapon is created.
The Strike is the blade of the weapon. It provides the majority of the Zaw's base stats.
The Grip is the handle of the weapon. It determines whether the Zaw is one or two handed, as well as the speed of the weapon.
Links are attachments to the weapon that affect its damage, speed, crit and status chance.
After reaching level 30, a Zaw can be Gilded at Hok for a flat increase in stats.
*Don't compare this between weapon classes!