We use a face shield in the shop — in addition to goggles — whenever we’re grinding. It’s just so easy for the steel bits flying in every direction to get up under glasses, safety glasses, or even goggles, so the secondary protection helps.
Our shield, however, seems truly lame compared to this one from Uvex, called the “Bionic Shield.” It looks more like a piece of an astronaut’s helmet than a shop tool.
But its shape isn’t just for appearance. The “wrap-around” sides provide additional protection from flying debris, and foam attached to the back of the headgear keeps it from digging into the back of your head during prolonged use — the way ours does. Uvex also claims that it’s still big enough underneath to allow you to wear most goggles and respirators.
It’s available with clear, blue, or green tinted optics, and street pricing starts at around $25.