It's been several versions since I've given the cipher attention, but I have always favored quick rapid attacks for several reasons.
Since you always start combat with a given focus, you typically only need a bit more to get what is needed for most battles. Smaller weapons, like stilettos, also better penetrate DT/DR which makes your focus collection more reliable. The use of focus oriented talents augment anything these smaller weapons lack. Most importantly, smaller/faster weapons strike more quickly, and recover faster. The goal is to cast spells, not gather focus to mount on your wall.