And I’m not talking about the ones you scored at the bar last night. I’m talking about the ones on your hands — the ones that do all your favorite things. Long a staple of the lab-safety community, Kevlar gloves work just as well in the kitchen (or shop) to keep (some) sharp objects where they belong: outside your skin.
The pair pictured above come from Cabela’s and feature blue, rubber-dipped palms to improve your grip. They’re designed for meat cutting (as you can see from their inclusion of an expensive boning knife in the picture), but they’d work well for other similar tasks in the shop.
A couple of facts to remember, though: Kevlar does a great job of protecting you from slashing cuts, but won’t help you much if you stab yourself. (The weave in most gloves like the ones pictured is too wide and stitched incorrectly to protect against stabbing.) And needles will poke right through ’em. Gloves like these are also intended solely to provide protection from un-powered knives. Saws, sanders, drills, and other power tools can grab the glove material and pull your hand in.
You’ll pay just $15+shipping for the pictured pair, and Amazon stocks a similar set (linked below) for just $7. A quick Google search turns up dozens of sources for various versions, like models designed for automotive and yard work. Why not keep a set around?