Common Misunderstandings Of Cut Proof Gloves

Posted by Melanie Predolich on

Lets start this article off by debunking the most blatant misunderstanding when it comes to cut proof gloves: there is no such thing. There is no glove on the market that can protect against all risks of cuts. While technology has allowed gloves to be constructed out of some pretty strong materials, every material has its breaking point and can be cut at some point. What we do have, however are cut resistant gloves.
So keep reading to learn and be reminded of the most commonly misunderstood facts when it comes to cut resistant gloves.
  1. Cut Resistant means Cut Proof. We already briefly touched on this, however if you don’t believe us, here is some more information. No glove should ever be thought of in terms of “cut proof” because in order to be a functioning, comfortable glove, the material must be flexible and will be comprised of malleable elements and should never be thought to be impenetrable. Glove are however designed to be cut resistant to some extent, and are rated according to their resistance level. Cut resistance essentially protects against more severe injuries: rather than cutting off a finger, only minor cuts are sustained.
  2. Higher Cut Resistance Levels are Better. This is not the case. It is super helpful that work gloves are rated for cut resistance because this helps you gauge what type of glove is suited for your task and the hazards that are present. The less risk for cuts and abrasions you have on your job site, then the lower the level of cut resistance you can use. It is important to balance protection from injury with comfort, dexterity, and tactile sensitivity. Do not allow yourself to develop a false sense of security because of a higher level of cut resistance. No glove can protect you 100% from sharp blades and higher resistant gloves might even become a hindrance if it inhibits user dexterity.
  3. Cut Resistance Decreases after Washing. This is a very important misunderstanding to correct. While many people believe this, the opposite is actually true. When you receive a new pair of work gloves, the material in the glove is in a stretched state. Once you wash the gloves a couple of times, the material itself relaxes and becomes denser, which in turn can actually improve the cut resistance of the glove.
We hope you leave feeling more equipped and informed when it comes to cut resistant work gloves.

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