If a magic weapon or implement has a property that does not explicitly include the word 'wield', does a character need to wield it to gain its benefits, or is simply holding it sufficient?
Seems like holding it is okay.
The Rhythm Blade, from Adventurer's Vault, is an example of a magic weapon with a property that includes the word 'wield'.
Why would it include the conditional "when wielding" unless holding was normally sufficient?
Seems like you need to wield it.
The Holy Avenger, from the Player's Handbook, is an example of a magic weapon with a property that does not include the word 'wield'.
I noticed that on page 225 of the Player's Handbook it says
When you're wielding a holy avenger, all your radiant powers deal extra damage when you use the weapon to deliver them.
This isn't proof or anything. It doesn't say that this property doesn't apply when you're just holding it, but it does seem to imply that one needs to actually wield the weapon.
So which is it?