For some reason, the game currently encourages people to reroll their characters. If you get killed early on and lose your starting tools, your best bet is to just reroll. If you want to start with all the tools, just reroll and store the items until you have them all. It's incredibly stupid that players are rewarded for deleting their character and making a new one.

So, two reasons starting tools should be bound:

1. They need to be un-lootable and untradable so that people don't exploit deleting and recreating characters.
2. When a new player gets killed and loses their tools, they shouldn't be left with their only options being to start over or ragequit. Yes it's possible to get new tools, but if just starting over is the easiest option then that's a problem.