Through September 5th, Craftsman mechanics gloves are on sale at Sears for $9.88 a pair. For less than $10, you get comfortable gloves which can handle a moderate amount of abuse.
I picked up a pair a while ago, and they’ve endured everything from picking up broken glass shards to moving a cummulative two thousand pounds up three flights of stairs. In addition to an extra protective layer on the thumb and forefinger, they feature finger grips which help reduce the fumbling associated with picking up small parts. They’re also quite comfortable even if worn for an extended period of time.
On a more personal note, although I thought it was just a marketing ploy, the extra protection on the thumb and forefinger really came in handy when I decided to use these instead of a pair of bulky leather gloves. During work on a high-temperature item, it wasn’t until I removed the gloves that I realized I had melted off the fingertip grips and part of the extra protection layer. Yikes!