I can only find a list of crude staring equipment. Does that mean characters can only start with crude equipment?
All characters start with only crude items. In the original Eventyr, new characters started only with gold, so having equipment to hand is a change towards more immediate immersion and adventure.
It encourages people to get out and explore and interact with their surroundings; quality, masterwork and even magical items will be out there in the world to find / buy / steal as soon as you arrive.