• 5 Steps to Choosing a Leather Work Glove
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  • Burt Silversays:
    12/02/2016 at 2:24 pm Reply

    I use leather gloves all the time when I work in my yard and on my house. My current gloves are torn to shreds, so I need a new pair that will work with me and keep my hands safe. I never realized that different parts of the animal’s body could create better leather. I will have to look for some side and shoulder cut leather gloves.

    • Brittanysays:
      12/05/2016 at 10:20 am Reply

      Thanks for the feedback, Burt! Many people don’t know that leather quality can depend on what part of the body it comes from. Hope you find a dependable leather glove soon!


  • Lee Badgersays:
    09/20/2018 at 4:13 pm Reply

    Where the fingers attach to the palm on gloves is a straight line across all 4 fingers, however the human hand’s fingers attach to the palm in a slightly curved manner. From the index finger to the little finger is (again) a curve. Gloves can be dangerous that do not fit: the index finger on a glove is usually too short; whereas the little finger is too long and most always because the leather is not cut to fit a human hand, but only a machine. Why is it so difficult to make gloves that actually fit? Expense, inability to make leather cutting dies that could make gloves that fit, something else?

    • Karensays:
      09/24/2018 at 2:46 pm Reply

      Hi Lee,

      Cutting dies can be made in any shape, so it is doubtful that this is part of the problem. But from a construction (sewing) standpoint, it is always easier to sew a straight line than a curved line. It’s not that gloves can’t be made that way, it is just that it takes longer, which adds to the cost. Many gloves are now produced by machine, and adding a curved palm seam may not be feasible for some production lines. Heavy fabrics (such as leather and canvas) also tend to pucker when they are forced into a curved seam—which may actually make them more uncomfortable than a straight seam.

      It’s possible to get custom-made gloves that match actual hand size and finger lengths—but they are quite expensive because each pair requires a unique pattern and would likely need to be hand-cut and sewn.

      For many applications, fit is an important factor when it comes to gloves. Industrial leather gloves are a mainstay that have been around for centuries, and they are commonly used in applications where fine dexterity isn’t necessary. If dexterity is important, leather work gloves in pigskin, goatskin and many other finer grades of leather tend to be more form-fitting.

      It’s also important to note that glove technology has come a long way in the past decade and that many industries are switching from leather gloves to knit or synthetic gloves that are more comfortable and breathable but provide the same levels of protection as their leather predecessors.

      Thank you for your question, and please call on us for anything further.

  • Rob237says:
    06/05/2020 at 1:48 pm Reply

    We do a lot of forestry work, the bark on the ponderosa pines will eat a pair of inexpensive leather gloves-up in a few days to a week of handling. Your website has taken pretty much all of the trial and error out of understanding what works best.

    • Isabella Andersensays:
      06/08/2020 at 10:23 am Reply

      Thanks for the feedback! I’m glad this article has been helpful for you.

  • Paul Wsays:
    09/13/2020 at 2:38 pm Reply

    Excellent information! Helped me narrow my decision after my last pair gave out. Thank you

    • Isabella Andersensays:
      09/14/2020 at 12:02 pm Reply

      Thanks for your comment! I’m glad you found the info helpful.

  • Eliseo Bonapartsays:
    09/16/2020 at 3:12 pm Reply

    Terrific article

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