brass finger gauntlets instead of herders get
LOL. That was my PUP achievement this weekend too (almost, I got Brass Greaves). Apparently those two pieces are only a 1.3% chance from the casket, while Herder's is 6.1%. So we can be happy we got the more rare drop! Woohoo.
Another achievement - I spelled Sauromugue Champaign correctly the very first time when I typed it into wiki to check the above rates!
Oh and I saw a pup synced to 37(ish) that was dual-wielding daggers...
Honestly, daggers aren't bad in the 30s on PUP. H2H options from 30-40 for PUP are not impressive at all, but some of the daggers in that range are quite nice: Federation Knife: DPS: 4.33 DMG:13 Delay:180 Accuracy+2 Attack+5
Mercenary Captain's Kukri: DPS: 4.02 DMG:13 Delay:194 Accuracy+3
Federation Kukri: DPS: 4.95 DMG:15 Delay:182 Accuracy+3 In areas outside own nation's control: Attack+7
Versus what for H2H? Republic Knuckles? DPS: 1.71 DMG:+6 Delay:+76 HP+3 MP+3 Accuracy+2 Attack+3
Claws +1? DPS: 2.19 DMG:+8 Delay:+61
Katars +1? DPS: 2.29 DMG:+9 Delay:+75
I can even ALMOST rationalize /NIN there. Yes, Dual Wield I is LOL and Utsusemi: Ichi is not hugely useful for PUP in a party. But if that person was focusing on the + stats on 2x daggers, twice the stats is tempting. You could potentially get Acc+6 Atk+14 if using 2x Federation Kukri in a conquest area not controlled by your nation. And the daggers themselves are solid damage/delay. That ain't bad.
Another possiblity - perhaps it was someone syncing with friends and just messing around a bit to level dagger skill while syncing? I often dual wield Behemoth Knives and wear a Suppanomimi on PUP while farming just for the skillups. It probably looks crazy to a lot of random observers.