Why I generally suggest Coated Cut Resistant Gloves over uncoated versions

As many of you may already know that I am very partial to coated cut resistant gloves. However, I wanted to substantiate my position on the matter from a technical and practical perspective.

First, I should emphasize and disclose that I also highly endorse uncoated cut resistant gloves for special uses. One ideal example would be cut resistant gloves used for safety purposes in the food services and food handling sectors. These would be uncoated gloves like the extraordinary Wells Lamont Whizard Stainless Steel Mesh Cut-Resistant Gloves and the PIP Kut Gard Seamless Knit Dyneema Cut Resistant Gloves. Therefore, I will discuss these further in another new Glove Guru Blog post.

Thinness and Cut Resistance

As I have previously discussed in other posts, Coated Cut Resistant Gloves have vastly improved in recent years. Not only have they become exceptionally thin, the level of cut resistance has become remarkably very high. These two advantages alone make an impressive case to support and recommend their use in most applications requiring safe cut resistant protection.

Gripping

The other main and very important advantage of the coated versions is the superior grip over uncoated models. Gripping is a major factor in safety gloves, especially when it includes cut resistance.

ANSI Cut Resistance Levels

Since I often refer to the ANSI level of cut resistance, for those of you not familiar with this EN388 standard, you can refer to my post which explains this standard and the newer rating symbols.

EN388 link: ANSI STANDARD

You will need to familiarize yourself with the various ratings in order to purchase cut resistant gloves for your particular application. The new ratings refer to ANSI Cut Levels A1 to A9. The most popular gloves are usually A2 to A4 (A4 being a higher cut resistance). When you are looking to purchase a new pair of cut-resistant gloves, we make it easy for you to locate a glove with the rating you prefer. Simply type in the rating number in our site search box at the top of our Home page and we will display all the gloves with that rating. It’s that easy. For example: Type in A4 in the search box and all of the ANSI Cut Level A4 gloves will display for you.

Pricing

Regarding pricing, it should be obvious to everyone that the higher the price, the higher the level of cut resistance. This is largely due to the fiber being more expensive to make or with the blend of other fibers such as stainless steel. The old axiom of “you get what you pay for” applies here, too.

Coatings

Regarding coatings, Nitrile Coated Cut Resistant Gloves are the most popular since Nitrile is a very durable latex rubber free polymer and it is also resistance to most chemicals. Polyurethane is an excellent coating like Nitrile but not as popular due to the complexities in manufacturing the PU polymer. Plus PU coatings tend to be more expensive.

I personally like polyurethanes over nitrile coatings since they are also biocompatible and just as strong and resistant to chemicals.

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Some Glove examples:

One of popular A4 models is the #WK-CC470 ATG Nitrile Coated Dyneema Maxicut Cut Resistant Gloves (19-D470).

The 470 model is very form-fitting and very durable. Most users purchase these since they have a long-life and the cut resistance is very respectable.

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Another popular A3 model is the #WK-CC3745 ATG MaxiCut Ultra, Cut Resistant Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated Gloves (44-3745)

The 3745 is another example of a nice form-fitting glove and they also comply with FDA food handling requirements 21 CFR, Part 177.

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An A3 model that we’ve sold since 2008 is the #WK-CC322 GREAT WHITE™ Dyneema®/Lycra® Polyurethane Coated Cut Resistant Gloves (19-D322)

This model has an A3 ANSI Cut Level. This glove is particularly unique since it has a Dyneema/Lycra blend with a polyurethane coating. The Lycra offers a bit more comfort in the fit and polyurethane coatings are as durable and chemical resistant as nitrile. They just aren’t as popular since the polyurethane coating is very difficult to make and manufacture.

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A popular A2 model is the #WK-CC8743 ATG Maxiflex Cut, Cut Resistant Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated Gloves (34-8743)

The 8743 is not as cut resistant as the above models but an A2 rating is fairly good for most applications and this model is less expensive. This model also complies with the FDA food handling requirements 21 CFR, Part 177.

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These are just a few examples of our coated cut-resistant models. To see our entire line of cut resistant gloves, go to this link:

Cut Resistant Gloves

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To see our entire line up of Coated Work Gloves, go to this link:

Coated Work Gloves

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Joe McGarry

The GLOVE GURU since 1989

Another new Coated Cut Resistant Glove

As I have previously discussed, the Coated Work Glove category continues to expand for very good reasons. You can check my previous posts so I won’t belabor that issue in this particular post.

This week, we added another new glove to the coated work glove category and this one is a new Thin Cut Resistant model. The coated cut resistant line-up continues to expand for obvious reasons. Their durable, light-weight, offer high dexterity which adds to the safety aspect, and the pricing is becoming very reasonable.

See the new G-Tek Polykor X7 seamless knit with a double dip full nitrile coating and micro-surface grip. Model 16-939. Our listing WK-CC939.

G-Tek Polykor X7 Gloves 16-939

The Polykor blended shell is a proprietary cut resistant fiber that was invented by the PIP group to circumvent the more expensive branded cut resistant fibers which reduces the costs but not the cut resistant performance.

An interesting aspect to me is that the shell is an 18 gauge seamless knit which makes them even thinner than the typical 13 or 15 gauge knits. I doubt many will notice this at first, but this represents a major accomplishment when considering this model is cut resistant as well.  

They are double dipped with a full coating to maintain dry hands in any wet or oily environment.

The Nitrile coating, as most know, is one of the most durable and chemical resistant and the micro surface provides outstanding grip by acting as tiny suction cups.

The other attributes are that they are washable, and resistant to chemicals, water, and UV light.

They are ANSI Cut Level A3 with an EN388 Rating of 4X42C.

Uses include:

Finishing & Inspection, Electronics, General Duty, Small parts assembly, Construction, and Maintenance.

Coated Cut Resistant Gloves

Coated Cut Resistant Glove with knife

Coated Cut Resistant Gloves

I’ve covered coated work gloves in the past but this post is focused specifically on coated cut-resistant gloves.

Most workers know about traditional cut-resistant gloves such as the old Kevlar thick knits used in factories or the super metal mesh gloves worn by butchers. However, the most prevalent today are the thin knit coated cut-resistant gloves that are popular since they are thin, seamless, and very flexible which adds additional elements of safety.
The uses by our customers are very diverse numerous but I’ll provide the most popular uses that are known to us. I list them since it is a good reference guide for new customers.

Uses include:

Automotive; construction; electronics; fishing industries; glass cutting; glass industry; metal stamping; parts assembly; sharp parts handling; recycling; sanitation; sheet metal handling; and waste handling.

Due to the many uses that I just mentioned, there are specific coated cut-resistant gloves designed for these particular uses. Examples include general duty construction and work gloves; liquid proof models, and even chemical resistant versions. This is why we carry 9 different coated cut-resistant gloves just for these uses. Rather than provide 9 separate links in this post, it would be much easier for you to find a model that meets your use in the following links.

Since coated cut-resistant gloves have different levels of cut resistance, you may find the following link on the new EN388 Cut Resistant Standard helpful. We show cut resistant levels in each of our glove listings.