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.

Dotted Palm Coated Work Gloves

Dotted Palm Coated Work Gloves

You’ve seen me cover coated work gloves over time now and this is due to the vast range that is available today. There are so many types of coatings, fibers, and designs that I felt compelled to cover the important topics one by one to help users understand each type of coated work glove and their indications. I will continue covering these topics on coated work gloves over time since they have become the preferred work glove today.

FYI, as a reference, you can always go directly to the “coated work glove” category in the navigation panel of this blog. This includes all of the topics that I’ve covered on coated gloves since 2008. The nice thing is that these articles are permanently archived on the internet for future reference.

An often over-looked feature with palm coated gloves is that a few models have enhanced “raised” dots inherent to the coating for extra grip. This is a great feature for added safety when handling slippery or wet articles. The dots also help when handling glass, sharp metal, or any item needing that extra grip. The dotted feature increases durability of the glove and provides more cushioning in highly repetitive applications requiring precision handling.

The other interesting aspect is that these glove models use Nitrile as the coating of choice for added strength and chemical resistance.

The only negative issue is that I have yet to find a coated cut-resistant glove with dotted palms. This seems like a no brainer to me but I’m sure they are on the horizon.

Here’s my list of dotted palm coated gloves to make it easier to locate them. You can also use our search bar and type in “dotted palm” and they will show up in your search.

#WK-C844 ATG MaxiFlex Endurance Coated Gloves with Dotted Palm (34-844)

Gray Seamless Knit Nylon/Lycra Liner with Black Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated Palm & Raised Dots

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#WK-C244 ATG MaxiFlex Elite Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated Gloves with Micro-Dot Palm (34-244)

Blue Seamless Knit Nylon/Lycra Liner with Blue Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated Palm & Raised Dots

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#WK-C845 ATG MaxiFlex Endurance 3/4 Coated Gloves with Dotted Palm (34-845)

Gray Seamless Knit Nylon/Lycra Liner with Black Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated Palm, Full Finger, Knuckles & Raised Dots on Palm

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#WK-C8745 ATG MaxiFlex Endurance Drivers Fully Coated Gloves (34-8745)

Seamless Knit Nylon/Lycra Liner Completely Coated with Black Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated & Raised Dots Palm

Warm Weather Work Gloves with Cool Prices.

Everyone has their favorite work gloves but those that work outdoors in the hot sun of summer find that their favored model is simply too hot to wear for any extended period of time. This is especially the case for men and women whose jobs are outdoors in warm climates such as construction, landscaping or road workers.

I’ve broken down our most popular warm weather glove models into a few select categories such as mechanics gloves, leather gloves, and our popular coated work gloves. This list will make it easier for you to select a good warm weather work glove rather than scroll and search through our large selection of work gloves.

Here’s the list…..

Leather models:

#WK-1347 Caiman Unlined Goat Skin Leather Driver Work Gloves

These Goatskin leather drivers’ style work gloves are very supple yet very durable.  

  • Medium Weight Goat Skin, Abrasion Resistant Cowhide Leather
  • Unlined for maximum tactile sensitivity.
  • Shirred elasticized Wrist
  • Straight Thumb provides a secure and anchored fit. 

#WK-98 Kinco® Premium Grain Cowhide Unlined Drivers Gloves

  • Golden Grain Premium Cowhide Leather Drivers
  • Shirred Elastic Back
  • Keystone Thumb – A keystone thumb provides added reinforcement and padding at the point on the glove that receives the most wear. It is a double thickness of leather that overlaps onto the base of the thumb.
  • Turned Leather Binding 

#WK-908 Kinco® High-Vis Lime Green Mesh Unlined Pigskin Palm Gloves

Day and Night “Warm Weather” High-Vis protection

  • Green Nylon Mesh Back for those hot summer days
  • 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material
  • Keystone Thumb

The Glove Guru’s comment: Did you know that Pigskin Dries Soft and Supple after getting WET!

#WK-909 Kinco® High-Visibility Orange Mesh Unlined Pigskin Palm Gloves

Day and Night “Warm Weather” High-Vis protection

  • Orange nylon mesh back for hot summer days
  • 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material
  • Keystone Thumb

The Glove Guru’s comment: Did you know that Pigskin Dries Soft and Supple after getting WET!

Mechanics Gloves:

#307070 Youngstown General Utility Plus with Grey Mesh Mechanics Gloves

  • Designed for durability and breath-ability in warm weather
  • Breathable Stretch Mesh Removes Heat and Moisture
  • Asphalt Palm Reinforcement Increases Durability
  • Oil & Water Resistant Synthetic Palm
  • Adjustable Velcro Closure Provides Wrist Support
  • Terry Cloth Thumb for Wiping Sweat & Debris

Coated Work Gloves:

#WK-C125 – G-TEK Coated White Polyurethane/White Nylon Coated Gloves

POLYURETHANE PU coatings, due to their strength, provide extra abrasion resistance and extended wear. 

This premium quality coated seamless knit nylon glove offers great dexterity. The polyurethane coated palm and fingers are ideal for abrasion resistance. Breathable back for comfort. 

Applications: These Coated Gloves are used in electronics and computer assembly, quality control, inspection and general assembly.

Manufacturer Part No. 33-125

#WK-C125-G – G-TEK Coated Gray Polyurethane/Gray Nylon Coated Gloves

Same glove as the (WK-C125) except with gray coating.

Manufacturer Part No. 33-G125

#WK-C244 ATG MaxiFlex Elite Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated Gloves with Micro-Dot Palm

Blue Seamless Knit Nylon/Lycra Liner with Blue Micro-Foam Nitrile Dotted Coated Palm & Raised Dots

  • The Ultimate in Super Light Breathable Micro-Foam Nitrile Dipped Nylon Coated Gloves.
  • Raised Micro Dots to increase durability and cushioning.
  • Ultra-Cool and Very Comfortable to Wear, Breathable Coating Keeps Hands Cool and Dry.
  • Treated with to Repel Water and Light Oil.
  • Excellent Dexterity, Sensitivity and Tactility.
  • Manufacturer Part No. 34-244

#WK-C274 ATG MaxiFlex Elite Ultra-Light Coated Gloves

Blue Seamless Knit Ultra-light-weight Liner with Blue Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated Palm & Finger Tips

  • The Ultimate in Super Light Breathable Micro-Foam Nitrile Dipped Nylon Coated Gloves.
  • 30% thinner than traditional foam Nitrile gloves.
  • Ultra-Cool and very Comfortable to Wear, Breathable Coating Keeps Hands Cool and Dry.
  • Treated repel Water and Light Oil.
  • Excellent Dexterity, Sensitivity and Tactility.
  • Manufacturer Part No. 34-274

#WK-C8264 ATG MaxiFlex Active Ultra-Light Coated Gloves

Pink Seamless Knit with Lycra Ultra-light-weight Liner with Pink Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated Palm & Finger Tips

  • The Ultimate in Super Light Breathable Micro-Foam Nitrile Dipped Nylon Coated Gloves.
  • Aloe infused liner provides superior comfort.
  • 30% thinner than traditional foam Nitrile gloves.
  • Ultra-Cool and very Comfortable to Wear, Breathable Coating Keeps Hands Cool and Dry.
  • Treated repel Water and Light Oil.
  • Excellent Dexterity, Sensitivity and Tactility.
  • Manufacturer Part No. 34-8264

#WK-C844 ATG MaxiFlex Endurance Coated Gloves with Dotted Palm

Gray Seamless Knit Nylon/Lycra Liner with Black Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated Palm & Raised Dots

  • The Ultimate in Super Light Breathable Micro-Foam Nitrile Dipped Nylon Coated Gloves.
  • Raised Micro Dots to increase durability and cushioning.
  • Ultra-Cool and Very Comfortable to Wear, Breathable Coating Keeps Hands Cool and Dry.
  • Treated to Repel Water and Light Oil.
  • Excellent Dexterity, Sensitivity and Tactility.
  • Manufacturer Part No. 34-844

#WK-C874 ATG MaxiFlex Ultimate Palm Coated Gloves

  • Micro Foam Nitrile coatings are compatible with light oils and will provide a good grip and excellent abrasion resistance.
  • 360° Breath-ability – Patented micro-foam Nitrile coating offers 360° breathability, making it the most breathable glove on the market today
  • 25% Thinner – Than most foam Nitrile gloves on the market while offering twice the mechanical performance
  • Complies with FDA food handling requirements 21 CFR, Part 177
  • Manufacturer Part No. 34-874 

#WK-C874FY ATG Maxiflex Ultimate Hi-Vis Yellow Nitrile Coated Gloves

Nitrile Coated Palm & Finger Tips, High Visibility Yellow Seamless Knit Polyester Liner

  • A Light-weight 15 gauge breathable Nylon Coated Gloves.
  • Excellent Dexterity, Sensitivity and Tactility.
  • Manufacturer Part No. 34-874FY

Why Nitrile Rubber is very popular in coated work gloves

Coated Glove cross section illustration

It always surprises me that most workers looking for good thin work gloves with coated palms for better gripping think they are always made using natural (latex) rubber. Although many of these gloves are made using a latex coating, the most popular and better models use a nitrile coating.

First, let me explain a little bit about nitrile.

Nitrile rubber (NBR) is a synthetic rubber compound in general terms. It is commonly used in fuel and oil handling hoses, seals, and grommets since ordinary natural latex rubber cannot be used. It is also more resistant than latex rubber to oils and acids and has superior strength. It is also more puncture and abrasion resistant than natural latex rubber gloves.

Healthcare workers know nitrile gloves well since they are also less likely to cause allergic reactions than latex gloves. They also like them since nitrile gloves seldom rip apart when putting them on opposed to latex gloves.

As a footnote, when thin knit work gloves are enhanced by a foam coating on the palms and fingers, it offers very good grip in contact with chemicals including oils, petrochemicals, fuels and most acids.

Useful links for finding the ideal coated work glove for you:

Coated Work Gloves

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.

Coated Work Gloves

Coated gloves are our most popular chore and work gloves for very obvious and simple reasons. Since we first introduced them back in 2005 when they were first developed, they have slowly replaced leather gloves. Why? Because most coated gloves now outperform leather gloves.

Another fascinating reason for the growth of these gloves is that women have learned to enjoy, as I always say, the fit, feel, and function of coated gloves. Plus, due to their thinness they can easy be stored in your back pocket for quick and easy retrieval.

Today, there are many types of coated gloves for specific work situations and conditions. This includes special type of coatings, special fibers, and special design features. Many users like them since they seem like a second skin since they are thin, offer great dexterity, and breathable unlike other work gloves.

Our range of coated gloves includes over 51 different and unique models.  Far too many to cover is this post so I will simply provide you a list (in bullet points) of features found in some coated gloves with a few links to an example glove to provide you with a better idea. I’m sure some of these features will surprise many of you, too.

**Note that a link to a glove does not mean it’s the only model with this feature by any means. You can scroll through all the models or simply use our search bar at the top of our home page if you are looking for a specific function or feature.

Examples of coated glove features that you may need:

Let me know if you have any questions or visit our Home Page to find a glove most suitable for your needs. Keep in mind that we have a consumer glove web site and an Industrial web site specific to work gloves.