Kevlar body armor is only rated for handgun calibers. Rifle rated body armor has plates. There are many new development in the works. With all the rifle caliber "Pistols" out there, 3A (soft body armor) would not be my recommendation. In fact I told oldest son if he gets hired by a PD, I would get him the best rifle rated body armor, if he would promise to ware it at all times when on duty.Can’t kevlar be bought? I’ve heard great things about it being able to stop projectiles and it’s realitively light.
"The shield turns the fast blow, admits the slow kindjal!" Remember that from Dune?There are the new STF body armors they are developing, that are flexible with body movements. When they are impacted by a bullet or other impact, they absorb and spread out the energy to minimize damage.
Most body armor is designed to stop bullets, which is a high-speed blunt trauma so I can see how it would be ineffective against a sharp arrowpoint.You can just buy body armor over the internet, as it's not particularly restricted (except if you're a convicted felon, or wear armor while committing a felony).
Unfortunately, body armor is now getting made in childrens' sizes so neurotic parents can make their kids wear it to school.
Body armor (including the ceramic rifle plates) will not stop certian types of razor broadheads fired from a compound bow.
I bet there are hi-tech armors that can stop edged weapons (maybe based on the "cut-proof" technologies they use in travel purses), but that's generally not the focus of modern body armor development.you will need chain mail to stop an edged weapon, that's what its designed for but its heavy.