Cut resistant gloves can be manufactured from a number of different materials. At Bladerunner, we manufacture and sell anti-cut gloves made from Kevlar (Trademark Dupont), Spectra (Trademark Honeywell) and Dyneema. Each offers slightly different properties, but they all offer cut resistant protection in the event of a knife attack, or if used as protective work gloves.
For many years Kevlar was the "Go to" material for anti-slash gloves but over more recent years other players have come on to the scene thereby giving consumers a wider choice. Kevlar properties offer a combination of high strength, high modulus, toughness, thermal stability and obviously cut resistance. Click here to learn more.
We are often asked by customers, "Is Kevlar stab proof?". Whichever material you decide to go with it is important to understand that these materials, in the configuration that they are manufactured to provide anti-cut protection, as opposed to anti-stab protection. There is a good, and obvious reason for this. In order to make gloves anti-stab they would have to be so thick, and so rigid, that they would make hand movement almost, if not completely, impossible.
For many years at Bladerunner, we only supplied Kevlar lined gloves. We still do supply Kevlar gloves. They are comfortable, flexible and in the main provide level 2 anti-cut protection under testing to EN388: 2003. Our Fortis glove is just one example of our superb Kevlar lined gloves. They are lightweight, supersoft and one of the most comfortable gloves in our line of anti-cut gloves.
Cut Resistant Glove Testing
At this point we should explain that all of our cut-resistant products are tested, by an independent UK authorised laboratory, to EN388: 2003 which is the relevant European safety testing standard. We have the gloves tested for:
Abrasion resistance (Using method 6.1)
Blade cut resistance (Using method 6.2)
Tear resistance (Using method 6.3)
Puncture resistance (Using method 6.4)
Under this testing the gloves can either fail or achieve level 1, level 2, level 3, level 4 or level 5 (The highest rating possible).
Using this method of testing we have established that within our range our Kevlar lined gloves have achieved a level 2 rating.
Our Dyneema lined gloves (Valour) have achieved a level 4 rating. Dyneema is a super-strong fibre, up to 15 times strong than steel when compared on a weight for weight basis. The Valour gloves are manufactured using top grade cowhide leather, then lined with Dyneema and cut resistant Kevlar. We have combined the two to ensure that the gloves are not only cut proof, but also have puncture proof finger tips, again with level 4 resistance.
Cut resistant gloves level 5
We are proud to say that a number of our gloves have achieved the highest possible cut resistance rating, level 5. Two of our latest cut level 5 gloves are the Coyote and the "Police" glove, both of which are lined with Spectra, which is a highly durable material, whilst also offering excellent dexterity, sensitivity and flexibility. These properties make the gloves highly versatile and perfect for a large range of applications / industries.
Another cut resistant level 5 glove in our range is the Rhino Duty glove, which also boasts a puncture resistance of level 4 and is often used by staff cleaning up trains and any other area where there is a danger of something like a used syringe, razor blade or any other sharp object being in the debris and often by police carrying out searches.
Who uses Cut Proof Gloves?
Our anti-slash gloves are used in wide ranging industries, where hand protection is of paramount importance. Many of our customers are security staff and police officers, for obvious reasons, but we are seeing more and more commercial organisations wanting to protect their staff, such as glazing companies, tree surgeons and butchers. Our steel glove, which also offers level 5 cut resistance is designed predominantly for users who need to keep one hand free to hold a cutting tool whilst holding the item to be cut in the other, steel gloved hand, for example butchers and kitchen staff.
We hope this short guide will help you to decide which cut resistant glove is right for you, but if you would like to speak to one of our expert sales team, please feel free to contact us here.