So I promised that list and here it is. It's late and it's not as thorough as I'd hoped. I also wish I had images handy to illustrate every point where helpful. So, in no particular order - a subjective set of desired features for Fallout 4:
Thrown knives need to be ducked under; slashed knives need to be jumped over.
Don't focus on one assailant - keep moving and attacking in all directions.
If time's running out, whip out your gun to finish the bad guys off.