Things like this are why I think crafting in this game is completely screwed up. You need a sword grip that a level 15 or so goldsmith can make from a (19?) level mob for a level 3 bronze gladius. It's very unlikely you'll be able to sell that part for cheap enough that a level 3 gladiator can afford and still turn a profit as a level 15 or whatever goldsmith.
Whut? Aldgoat horn sword grip is used for r26 Iron Gladius, the Bronze Gladius uses Bone Sword Grip, the Brass Gladius uses Antelope Horn sword grip which is a frequent reward from getting 100+ evaluation on ANY goldsmith local at ANY level. This is probably one of the reason why people don't craft lowbie level stuff, they don't know the recipe correctly. Edited, Jan 2nd 2011 12:45am by Khornette
According to Zam: both the gladius and the spatha use the same bone sword grip
. Supposedly only two mobs drop them and you need to be level 17. Plus having not gotten a 100 evaluation yet, I wouldn't know what you get.
The Bone Sword grip is made from Bone Femur, that you can get from r1 Mining or NPC.
The Antelope Horn Sword Grip for Brass Gladius required Antelope Horn which is reward from 100 evaluation for GSM local leve. Just pick a r1 one (Momodi's etc.) and spam Bold, easy as pie.
The Aldgoat Horn Sword Grip is made from Aldgoat Horn, you can get this by breaking the Aldgoat horn with PUG r22+ or MRD (forgot what r).
The Ogre Horn Sword Grip is made from Ogre Horn, which is a r60+ monster. BUT you also get it as reward for r40 Battlecraft leve (also from chests in said leve) which you can do as early as r33+.
Like I said, too many people don't know the recipe/how to get stuff. Stuff are actually as easy as pie to get, and sometimes quite obvious. Like, how can it be more obvious then Aldgoat Horn Sword grip made from Aldgoat Horn? Ignore the Bow Grip which has been fixed.
Reasons for not many low level stuff available:
1. No profit. You see the NPC sell the r10 Axe for 40k, you see the players wanting it for 5k. If the player willing to pay 20k for example, there would be a small market there. Heck, even people who bought from NPC and resell when they outlevel it willing to part with it as low as 10k, making a big loss of 30k. But they uses it long enough to absorb the cost, crafters don't use it so they can not craft something that give them a big loss.
2. People don't know the recipe, where to get material, how to network with other crafter. If you have 8 crafters specialise in 8 crafts, you can make every single thing. Fortunately, most items don't require more than 5 crafts, is it that hard to know 4 other crafters apart from yourself?
3. People don't understand about crafting being a class in its own. It's not something you can do leve every day and expect to cap it. It's not an easy ride. It is the MOST DIFFICULT AND TIME CONSUMING class in the game, way more than other Disciples. Either you commit to it, or forget about it, lest you start coming here and complain about why you need X and Y to make Z.
4. Low level stuff has short usage life. How many hours you think someone get from r7-17? 10 weeks, or 10 hours? Why should people spend money on it? If people don't spend money on it, it let back to point 1. Edited, Jan 3rd 2011 5:45pm by Khornette