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In my opinion it is very important to integrate weapons training with Aikido training as an add on and expansion of Aikido. I think it's important to stick with "Aiki - Weapons" inorder to build a stronger foundation.
I consider any weapon practiced with the fundamental movements of Aikido "Aiki - Weapons." That covers a lot of ground doesn't it?
And the possibility to have fun learning Aikido with a variety of weapons also comes into play.
I've uploaded an exercises with the sword to Youtube. Check it out: