I am trying to gain some clarity on "wielding" in regards to the kineticist.
Could you tell me if my interpretation is RAW?
The kineticist is not wielding a kinetic blast.
"Kinetic blasts count as a type of weapon for the purpose of feats such as Weapon Focus. The kineticist is never considered to be wielding or gripping the kinetic blast (regardless of effects from form infusions; see Infusion), and she can't use Vital Strike feats with kinetic blasts."
With kinetic blade, you are using an SLA to create a weapon in your hand that deals altered damage and damage type. You are not wielding a blast. The blast was the creation of the blade. You are now wielding a weapon (ie a light weapon) for the duration of the SLA, which is why you can use feats like weapon finesse and piranha strike.
"You form a weapon using your kinetic abilities. You create a nonreach, light or one-handed weapon in your hand formed of pure energy or elemental matter. "
Kinetic blade doesn't work with spellstrike since spellstrike is a full round action and not a full-attack.
"You can use this form infusion once as part of an attack action, a charge action, or a full-attack action in order to make melee attacks with your kinetic blade. "
Kinetic blade doesn't work with weapon versatility, since the feat affects the damage type that your weapon deals, and kinetic blade already alters the weapon's damage and damage type to that of your kinetic blast. (kinetic blast doesn't work either, since you can't grip or wield a blast)
"When wielding a weapon with which you have Weapon Focus, you can shift your grip as a swift action so that your weapon deals bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing damage instead of the damage type normally dealt by that weapon."
I appreciate any insight.Thank you,