I'm having a lot of trouble finding a weapon in this game. I'm a level 12 (rank 12) Gladiator who is still using the weathered Gladius. I have rank 5 blacksmithing skills, but I'm not at a high enough level to create the parts needed for the most simple of swords. Not only that, but you earn crap gil from your early levequests, so I don't have the $500,000 required to buy anything.
What are you supposed to do in this case? You can't just buy the ingredients. My weapon is broken, and I can't even complete my quests.