Cut-Resistant Work Gloves
G-Tek polyurethane-coated knit gloves provide a good balance of comfort, cost, and, safety and are light enough to be useful for most construction projects.
I always thought carpenters were supposed to have rough hands with some scars, but then I cut one of my fingers bad enough to warrant surgery. That Christmas, my brother bought me a pair of silver-and-white prep chef’s cut-resistant gloves as a gag gift. He was surprised months later when I told him how much I liked them. You can slice a fresh utility-knife blade across the palm and it barely leaves a mark. The only problem is that they lack dexterity. I did some searching and came across a wide variety of other cut-resistant gloves and eventually landed on a polyurethane-coated pair made for assembly workers by Protective Industrial Products ($7-$9 per pair). These G-Tek 3GX (model 19-D318) gloves aren’t as cut-resistant as the silver-and-white chef’s gloves, but they are stretchy, durable, and inexpensive. They’re also thin enough that I can easily grab a dropped bit or peel the backing off of flashing tape without removing them. They aren’t great for cold-weather work, but they have quickly become my favorite warm-weather gloves.
Justin Fink, editorial director
Photos: Melinda Sonido
From Fine Homebuilding #284