Some spells, like Elemental Weapon and Magic Weapon, change base stats of weapons. Are there any player character features that are not spells that alter the base stats of weapons?

Stats being any properties, Damage die size/type, magical or not, +1 +2 +3 etc.

I'm not asking to solve any particular problem, just out of curiosity.

I'm not looking for a list of all the effects that do so, just a simple yes/no backed up with at least one example. I'm looking for RAW and official examples. Please no UA.

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At 1st level, the Forge Cleric (XGtE, 19) can use their Artisan's blessing.

At 1st level, you gain the ability to imbue magic into a weapon or armor. At the end of a long rest, you can touch one nonmagical object that is a suit of armor or a simple or martial weapon. Until the end of your next long rest or until you die, the object becomes a magic item, granting a +1 bonus to AC if it’s armor or a +1 bonus to attack and damage rolls if it’s a weapon.

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The Monk's Martial Arts class feature is the classic example

At levels 5, 11, and 17, the damage die rolled for any monk weapon (any light weapon or a short sword) becomes d6, d8, and then a d10 respectively.
(PHB, The Monk, Table, page 77).

That changes the basic weapon's damage die using a class feature.

In the hands of a Monk, a dagger does 1d6 at 5th level (for others, it is still 1d4). It does 1d10 at 17th level, which is the same damage as done two-handed with a longsword(versatile) by anyone else.

Warlock Pact of the Blade + Improved Pact Weapon

The basic feature from pact of the blade

This weapon counts as magical for the purpose of overcoming resistance and immunity to non magical attacks (PHB p. 107)

combined with

Improved Pact weapon (Invocation)

Prerequisite: Pact of the Blade feature In addition, the weapon gains a +1 bonus to its Attack and Damage Rolls, unless it is a Magic Weapon that already has a bonus to those rolls. (xanathar's guide to everything)

Meets your criteria.

Is an invocation a class feature or a spell? Invocations are a class feature, that sometimes grant a spell, sometimes an ability, and sometimes grants other things.

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