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What's the materials used in cut resistant gloves?
Mar 15, 2017

What's the materials used in cut resistant gloves?

There are many different materials that can be used to increase the cut resistant nature of 

gloves, these include: aramid (more commonly known by the brand name Kevlar), High 

Performance Poly Ethylene (HPPE) and special PVA yarns, steelfibre and fibreglass yarns. In 

addition gloves are generally coated in materials to create: latex gloves, nitrile gloves or 

polyurethane gloves.

cut resistant gloves

In food preparation such as buttery, it’s common to see chainmail gloves to be in use, 

however these are generally considered too expensive and impractical for the construction 

workers to use on building sites.

cut resistant gloves

Cut resistance is worked out based on the EN388 or ISO 13997 standards:

EN388 is worked out by determining the cut resistance of the glove based on the how many 

rotations it takes to cut through a glove based on a load of 5N. Cut ratings for the safety 

gloves are then placed on a 0-5 scale with the number increasing to represent the increased 

number of cycles required to make the cut (and therefore the increased levels of cut 

resistance) ie Level 0 = 0-1,2, ongoing up to Level 5 which tops out at 20 cycles.The ISO 

13997 standard is worked out by using a razor blade which is pressed into the glove at high 



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