Well, the katana and wakizashi will go through hard armor. They both treat Hard armor as 1/2 SP, particularly when thrusting. They're also essentially unbreakable, even when parrying with them. You really have to work at breaking them to do any serious damage to them. Traditional Nihonto (Japanese swords) are designed with parrying in mind (using the back of the blade), so they will not break on a parry, Period.Yup but I just put those to compare short steeled blades against monoblades (which goes through hard armor when steel doesn't)
Monoknives should be around 2D6 with hard armor penetration if I'm correct
Anyway, it's not a competition between steel or monoblades, both are present.
Monoblades are pretty rare and really expensives, you won't find them at your local store, and about steel blades they're pretty comon since it's the easier way to produce blades.
Now, blade, monoknives or a bloody-chainsaw-katana
I don't really mind, all of them should be present if you ask me, I'm not too much a knive guy myself unless I have to, but even there I just take what's here, my only concern most of the time is "is it enought to kill this?", if yes, then it's all good.
But blades aren't much usefull anyway, unless you want to guts some casual street punks or homeless, most people with a few bucks in their pockets have under-skin armor plates, etc... it's not really expensive and avoid yourself being stabbed in vital body-parts (head/chest) and bleeded out like a retard.
So a monokatana, a dagger or a machete, different style, but it's somewhat the same if you ask me, it won't help you against a bullet.
In 2020, most people are closer to this:
So I figure they'll take whatever they find on their way to protect themselves, mostly in a dangerous world as this one.
Monoblade or Steel blade, both are present and have their pro' and con'.
Monoblades are IMO better against any hard armor since you still can do some decent damages with a short blade, when it comes to steel, you have to use a long blade (katana/sword) in order to cut throught it, and I doubt they'll let you come around with a katana or something, monoblades can break on pary or fail, but steel breaks too, so in the end they're just a bunch of knives if you ask me, it's helpfull but not vital in a world where there are guns everywhere for almost the same price as a blade.