Another thing to point out is that you don't have to have specific gear to do anything in this game. It helps, sure. I've noticed a considerable damage increase on THF since I acquired a Thaumas coat and Aphotic Kukri.
However, because the gear in question that people say you "have" to have will often marginally and sometimes dramatically improve your performance, you should want to get it. You should seriously weigh in when folks are saying you "have" to have a piece of gear. No, you don't have to have it to play the job. But you should want to have it because you'll play the job so much better when you do have it.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to join another Delve shout on bard so I can get more points toward the great axe I really really want for my WAR.