Would You Trust A $99 Stab Vest?

Stab Vest

The tip of a sharp knife is capable of applying a surprising amount of energy to a tiny target area, and the sharpness and hardness of a knife blade can frequently defeat the woven fibers of bullet-resistant soft body armor. Most bullet-resistant body armor is better at stopping a 9mm than stopping a 6″ hunting knife.

I know that you only live once, but wearing body armor strikes me as more than a little paranoid unless you’re a soldier or police officer.

If I had to go in harm’s way I’d happily endure the bulk, weight and sweat of bullet- and stab-resistant armor. But I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t trust my life to any vest that cost less than a single green Benjamin. You?



  1. ChuckN says:

    No. An actual stab proof vest cost as much or even more than
    a level III bullet proof vest. This vest looks like it’d be a cut-
    resistant fashion accessory.

  2. jwm says:

    Aren’t stab vests supposed to have plates in them? I’m not really up on body armor. The last I wore was the old flak jackets from the early 70’s. Hated them and the steel pots. I guess this is the part where I’m supposed to wave my cane and order everybody off my lawn.

    1. ChuckN says:

      Some can but most actual knife vests are layered super-close
      weave kevlar. There is usually a layer of cordura or other
      tough fabric as well. Knife vests are not made to stop bullets
      and there’s not much impact trauma to guard against so the
      addition of plates is unnecessary.

      1. Aharon says:

        Knife resistant vests are not made for stopping bullets.
        Bullet resistant vests are not made for stopping knives.

        So does this all mean that in a combat situation you need to have two vests; one for stopping bullets and then a quick change into the second for stopping a knife as the attacker closes in? Think I will first consider arming myself with a smaller second back-up gun for close quarter fighting or bear spray.

        Good grief.

      2. sagebrushracer says:

        I purchased a retired cop car and it had a police trunk organizer with a puncture proof Kevlar backing to protect the gas tank from sharp pokey things in the trunk. It is thin kevlar weave with a plastic goo coating that stiffens up if you poke it with anything sharp. The goo keeps the point from slipping past the Kevlar fibers and the Kevlar keeps the shiv out of you. Check youtube, very informative vid there.

  3. oopsdidisaythatoutloud says:

    You get what you pay for, and sometimes you pay for what you got. I have some cut resistant sleeves we issue to razor wire installers, cross grain they work OK but with the grain not so much. Razor wire points have this wonderful ability to find the seams in a pair of leather gloves stick in and stay stuck. One glove at a time is nearly palatable but when both gloves get stuck, you’re basically playing dead cockroach till help arrives. Which is how/why we found the cut resistant gloves/sleeves. (After a decade of bare hands lol. Gloves are for sissies, true story. I have the stitches to prove it.) And don’t forget the duct tape to keep them sleeves in place.

  4. SG says:

    He’ll no, I will not put my life at risk with a $99 knife vest, remember your life is worth more than $99.

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