"ensnaring" enemies with the Spider fang and stabbing them like wounded livestock with the Channeler's Trident is your way of offense. Having Caestus or a Dagger as back up if your feeble weapons fail you. As you bare no shield, for that encourages cowardice.
R1: Channeler's Trident
R2: Spiders Fang
R3: Dagger/ Caestus
Red Tearstone: You will fight to the bitter end.
Stone Ring: You will pick holes in their defense.
Chloranthy Ring: To get your breath back and continue fighting.
Ring of Blades: Make every strike count, and make it count for more.
Head: Dragonrider helm/Looking Glass Mask (The first one is much more appealing in my opinion.)
Chest: Lion Warrior Cape/ Desert Sorceress Top
Hands: What ever gauntlets you like. I personally prefer the Dragonrider Gauntlets.
Legs: Gyrm Boots/Xanthous Waistcloth
The only thing more cowardice than a shield is magic. Don't disgrace your ancestors with such shameful acts.
The Trident and Fang break very quickly and are not recommended for PvE without a supply of repair powder. The Caestus Power-stanced with 40Str/40Dex and RoB+2 is very deadly on its own, so bare that in mind when you are being worn down. Be respectful and bow, even to those who are not worthy.