I am surprised that for close quarter combat, no one has suggested the neo-wolverine approach. Kevlar body suit with blades attached to gauntlets so to leave the hands free for grabbing or holding other weapons when necessary. Maybe have razors or blade assemblies on the boots (sides, front, and heel) in case you needed to kick and other strategic locations like shoulders, back, and outer thighs where you would most likely be grabbed.

Once close quarter offensives were over, peel down to the kevlar body suit and get ready for distance fighting with ranged weapons.

Just a thought or maybe I have read one too many comics. Seems feasible though.

Scottie
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