Yay, this mod isn't in Development Hell anymore!!! I wish good luck to you in this great task.
Anyway, what do you think about the change to padded armour that I've suggested? In case you haven't read it, I proposed padded armour to be on par with leather armour for slashing protection but weaker for thrusting protection, while retaining the higher blunt protection.
I've seen it and considered it. It's not a bad idea. This will take some time but will initially be for 1.12.2. After it's done, integration is my biggest priority starting with Ice and Fire.