As typical in D&D a friend and I are having a debate, this time about whether or not Monkey Grip (3.5 complete warrior feat) allows a medium creature to wield a 2-handed medium weapon with one hand. He cites (PH p113):
"For instance, a Small greatsword (a two-handed weapon for a Small creature) is considered a one-handed weapon for a Medium creature, or a light weapon for a Large creature. Conversely, a Large dagger (a light weapon for a Large creature) is considered a one-handed weapon for a Medium creature, or a two-handed weapon for a Small creature."
As well as the feat itself (especially the bolded part):
You can use melee weapons one size category larger than you are with a -2 penalty on the attack roll but the amount of effort it takes to use the weapon does not change. For instance a Large longsword (a one-handed weapon for a Large creature) is considered a two-handed weapon for a Medium creature that does not have this feat. For a Medium creature that has this feat, it is still considered a one-handed weapon.
Basically saying that a two handed medium weapon and a large one handed weapon are the same and thus should be treated the same for purposes of this feat.
I counter that nowhere in the feat does it say specifically that there is any affect on weapons of your size, it just references weapons larger. Requote basis/first line of the feat:
"You can use melee weapons one size category larger than you are with a -2 penalty on the attack roll but the amount of effort it takes to use the weapon does not change."
Note I don't disagree with any of his text as stated, I just don't believe it counters my side. I was pretty sure I had read about this before but did not see anything in the 3.5 FAQ or the CW FAQ. A general internet search seems to back me up as far as % agreement (as well as the belief this feat for normal characters is terrible; essentially trading -2 to hit for an average of 1 damage) but no specific quotes. This furthers my belief that either he or I are missing something quite obvious.
Does anyone have any (further) citations or quotes that can help steer or answer this question (even if I am wrong)?
Thanks, in advance and Merry Christmas.