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Everyone and their mother uses Longswords. Including me.
If you want to use a melee weapon, I recommend Longswords or Spear. They both have a skill that allows you to make 2 AC at the cost of 20 MP. If you want to do pure damage and have little regard to defense (which can be a mistake), go Longsword. If you want to do less damage and tank (there's actually a skill, similar to the sword, that allows you to provoke all enemies in the area), go with the spear.
Staff also has this ability, but you'll want to use that if you go the magic user route.
Bows, though I haven't used them myself, are pretty fast.
That's not to say that the other weapons are useless. Swords have a good variety in weapon types. I believe Axes do slightly more damage than Longswords, on average.