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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?

Kevlar Cut-Resistant Gloves [Cabela’s]
Other Sources [Google Products]
Via Amazon [What’s This?]


5 Responses to Save Those Digits

  1. Mr P says:

    just go 50 pairs at HD 3pk for $4

  2. johnnyp says:

    I have used those gloves, they are quite bulky and don’t allow a good feel. The gloves I use are called Terminators, a similar composition but allow for a lot more dexterity. Just last night I hit my hand with a coarse scotch bite wheel on a high speed mini grinder. I know what my hand would of looked like without them on.

  3. Jerry says:

    I recently seen some Kevlar gloves at – are you ready for it? Harbor Freight! They are more like the police wear, not rubber or plastic dipped though. Considering the source, they are probably not such nice quality as the boys with badges use.

  4. Ross says:

    Sounds like a good idea for sheet metal work. I wear the nitrile dipped Atlas gloves but they only offer limited protection in exchange for decent dexterity.

  5. Ty says:

    I first received a set of these gloves from a friend who worked at a paper mill. I used them first for the summer on the Vehicle Rescue team…Gripping jagged metal, vehicle windshields, doors with busted glass in the frame, and I couldn’t feel a thing, they were just as strong as the other guys’ Ringers VX gloves.

    From there, I took them to my job at the recycling plant where they didn’t last long working on the sorting line…But overall, they did about 2 years of real heavy work before they finally gave-way and ripped…

    Those gloves were genuine Dupont Kevlar knitted ones, at the plywood mill, we were issued the same style of gloves, but they were all knock-offs…Don’t buy knock-off brands those things are right useless….Cut resistant my @r$3, my co-worker was wearing a finger splint so he borrowed my almost-dull Buck Bantam BBW to “modify” the finger of the glove, and that knife sliced through the rubber like a hot knife through butter.

    On my own gloves, which I used when trimming the veneer off of the boards with a putty knife, were easily penetrated by the splinters from X-Grain veneer and the rubber at the thumb and forefinger quickly wore away.

    On a positive note, they did offer some heat resistance, when a fresh melamine-backed board came out of the 165*C press, I could hardly feel the heat as I pulled it out of there.

    It all depends on the job you’re doing, but when it comes to these coated gloves, spend a little money.

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