Personally, I really recommend putting a high priority to complete your missions for Suppanomimi, Rajas and Brutal for TPing. (Actually most of them can also be kept in slot for WSing)
I'd think those are some of the easier options for you to pursue solo/low-man, and should be pretty significant upgrades compared to what you wear in those slots.
For the sword question, you could work on AGI+Evasion or Vit+PDT swords that you could off-hand until you get better. Agi's one looks ridiculously easy to make during the summer months thanks to near constant wind in the Thickets.
Also could look for the INT+MAB ones if you really want an easy one to make. Constant ice weather makes it a breeze, and gives a nice boost to Sanguine Blade.
Edited, Jan 17th 2013 2:30pm by Docent42