Its kinda tedious to level all the crafts just so you can level your main class, the repair requirement should be half the optimal rank for the class.
Item's Optimal Rank 34 > Repair level 17.
also, multiple class should be able to repair it, since you need multiple class to make up all the ingredients.
Brass Gladius > Repair classes: Armorer(brass rivets)/Blacksmith(blade head)/Goldsmith(grip)
"Seek for Repair" helps but whether an item gets repaired or not is not in your hands. These changes will help lower the amount of players running around with Red circle beside their name.