Cut resistance is measured by the amount of weight (in grams) required to cut through a fabric. Test results are then categorized into different cut levels: A1-A9 for the new ANSI cut levels and A-F for the new EN388 cut levels. While cut resistance is certainly important and is what makes cut resistant gloves suitable for protecting against cuts or lacerations, other factors such as flexibility, comfort and thickness also matter. For example, a glove may have a high level of cut resistance but hinders productivity because of bulky or uncomfortable material and poor fit.
With our modern engineered yarns, thicker is not necessarily always better, especially for foodservice applications where handling small pieces of food is common. A lighter weight and less bulky glove generally allows better efficiency, dexterity, touch sensitivity and grip. You also have a better chance the gloves will stay on the hands for fine detail work.
For effective protection, cut resistant gloves should achieve the right balance between offering protection against hazards, dexterity and grip, touch sensitivity, durability and comfort.