Okay, so my wife was taking a nap, I had finished most of the extraneous crap, and I was geared up for writing. So I got out 1500 words on the Bladesman novel (I thinking that would be a good working title) when all the crap came roaring back, and now I'm out of the pocket again. Margle.
But I did some more research on Kevlar(r) versus stabbing attack. Wow, lots of fruitcakes out there. I mean, as someone who knows and thing or two about the wack-a-loons, I was actually a little taken aback by some of the sites. But back to the kevlar. On most of the "real military" places the consensus is kevlar, by itself, won't stop a stabbing attack (slashing attacks you should be good). This was the major thoughts before most discussions ranged down into inter-service rivalry crap. There was a heck of a lot of gamer advice (uhm, no thanks) and even more about Londoners buying kevlar vests for protection against the rash of stabbings over there including some student's "up armoring" their uniforms (there were some side sites talking about American Students wearing Kevlar based clothing). I wonder if those parents are going to be really upset when they find out that only Kevlar with tactical plates will stop a stabbing attack (the plates doing the actual stopping of the blade point). Also, Kevlar vests need multiple layers of fabric before they become "bullet-proof." There's also some data on fragmentary effects of some rounds which will produce bullet "slivers" that will pass through the fabric. Also, you're going to take some damage, just saying. So I might be good with the stabbing though a light vest. So I'm going with that.