Cut Resistant Gloves

Cut-resistant gloves are those designed to protect hands from cuts while working with sharp tools or objects. Generally, these gloves are constructed from metal mesh that is cut and sewn into a seamless knitted glove.

Cut resistance standards

EN 388 is the more widespread standard. The testing system uses a rotating circular blade, keeps the same pressure (500 grams, or 1.1 pounds), and counts the number of times you have to slash with the rotating blade before the material is cut. You’d have to cut at the same spot at least five times to get through a cut level 3 glove, while a cut level 5 material would withstand more than 20 attempts.

Note that EN 388 is also used to rate abrasion resistance, tear resistance, and puncture resistance. Cut resistance is the only one that goes up to level 5; the others are rated on a scale of 1 to 4. The different ratings are often listed as a string of four numbers, such as “EN 388: 2324.” In that order, the four digits represent the abrasion, cut, tear, and puncture ratings. So, “EN 388: 2324” would be abrasion level 2, cut level 3, tear level 2, and puncture level 4.

The right cut level for the job

Here is a general idea of the protection offered here:

  • Cut level 1: Very low-cut hazard gloves protect your hands from paper cuts and light scratches but aren’t guaranteed against actual blades. They are suitable for jobs that generally don’t involve sharp objects, such as car maintenance or landscaping.
  • Cut level 2: Low-cut hazard gloves are a good level of protection for most construction work, automotive assembly, or packaging jobs.
  • Cut level 3: Moderate cut hazard gloves protect from light glass handling and metal stamping jobs.
  • Cut level 4: High-cut hazard gloves can handle most glass handling, metal stamping and food servicing.
  • Cut level 5: Extreme cut hazard gloves are used for jobs that involve very sharp blades, such as a meat butcher, and for heavy metal stamping and plate glass work.
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Silverback ProSense C5 Cut 5 with PU Palm Glove Size 11

ProSense C5 Cut 5 with PU Palm Glove Size 11

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