I think part of the fun in kung fu is that you get exposed to a lot of cool stuff, such as 'rare' weapons. By this I mean whipchain, three section staff, rope and dart, kwan dao... etc.
However, every school I go to seems to follow a pattern. It takes being at least a black belt (or a senior student in non-ranked schools) before you get to those weapons.
I mean, I have to have perfect hands before I get taught the butterfly knives in Wing Chun. It's broadsword and staff for years before we get to the other weapons in Northern Shaolin. (We have people that have been training for 13+ years that didn't get to learn the soft weapons yet). Tai chi... I can't even imagine how long before the sword form is taught.
What weapons do you know and how long did you have to wait to learn them?