May 7, 2019 | Ryan |

Top 5 Gloves and Sleeves for Utility Knife Safety

It might be the method of choice in action movies but jumping out of a moving car to make a clean getaway isn’t something that any driving instructor, law enforcement officer or your favorite glove enthusiasts (that’s us!), would recommend.

Whatever you’re doing, put safety first.

Sure, it looks cool in slow-motion but from the collateral damage to the potential for serious injury, there’s too much at stake to not trust the professionals.

The same goes for safety in the workplace. It is never something you want to leave to chance.

Regardless of the industry you’re working in, knowing and reacting to your specific hazards is critical to success and on some occasions, it just might save a life.

A clean and hazard-controlled workplace can still pose a significant risk, however. Used without care or without following correct operating standards, even hand and power tools can quickly become a danger in a manufacturing or construction environment.

If you’re unable to eliminate these risks entirely, (always the preferred option) having a plan in place if they do become problematic and reacting quickly if needed, can help to keep things functioning smoothly and keep others safe.

But what if one of your workplace hazards isn’t a daunting piece of machinery, equipment, or a power tool? What if the hazard in question is nothing more than a utility knife?

Utility Knife Safety

In manufacturing, utility knives are used to “flash parts”, which could mean removing extra material from molded plastic, opening boxes, or performing detailed finish work such as labeling.

They’re portable, provide little hassle, and may even come with a self-retractable, reusable blade, minimizing the possibility of an accidental, self-inflicted injury, even when working with minimal space.

But although they may be simple to use, these knives can be quite dangerous. Depending on what they’re needed for, they can be incredibly sharp and improper use can lead to severe cuts, lacerations, and other significant injuries including possible amputations. Even the use of a dull blade applied with heavy force can put you at risk.

In a US Department of Labor study, hand and finger injuries alone accounted for nearly 23% of all reported knife-related cases. Accidents will happen at some point, there’s no denying that but with a focus on prevention and protection, the hope is that you’ll be able to minimize any possible damage.

If you’re an employer having gone through the Hierarchy of Hazard controls and have decided that Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is the best or most practical choice for dealing with your workplace hazards, that leaves you with quite a few options. The question is, where to start?

Whether you’re a warehouse worker, electrician, roofer or just looking to keep yourself better protected when working with utility knives, our standout gloves and sleeves can help keep you safe when you need it most.


For those performing wire and template work, dexterity is a must. Having a responsive, bare-handed feel can make a world of difference when precision is required. Designed for an optimal range of motion, not only will the S18TAFGFN keep you protected, but also you won’t have to sacrifice flexibility. The nitrile palm-coating provides a strong grip and additional capabilities include touchscreen compatibility.


The STACXPURT comes with a high level of cut protection along with a palm coating that provides the user with a strong, effective grip – something that may prove beneficial when handling items with a small, sharp blade such as a utility knife or a boxcutter.

In addition, added protection around the thumb helps to reduce wear in a high-risk area, which means the glove will last longer and keep its user that much safer.

#3: S18KGNE

If you’re an electrician, keeping your hands protected from potential work hazards is a necessity, but so is maintaining dexterity to work with small tools and wires. The S18KGNE not only has highly dexterous properties but is rated for arc flash and abrasion resistance to keep you safe even from the unexpected.

#2: S13NGFN Glove and KP1T18TH Sleeve

When working in an industrial environment, from manufacturing to parts handling, you never know what hazards might be up next. Keeping your hands and arms protected should be top of mind. The S13NGFN provides abrasion, cut, and puncture resistance capabilities, while also offering a comfortable fit and not limiting dexterity. Oh, did we mention it’s touchscreen compatible?

The KP1T18TH (with thumbhole) sleeve comes with Elasticized STAYz-UP™ non-slip biceps, allowing it to stay close and comfortable on the arm to help protect your wrist and forearms, areas often at risk for knife slips or cuts.

#1: SPGRK/A Glove and KGC1T Sleeve

If you’re working with or flashing hot plastic, protection is critical and it helps to have PPE in your corner that you know can withstand some tough hazards.

The SPGRK/A glove has engineered yarns designed to provide heat, cut, and abrasion resistance while staying comfortable on the hand and not limiting dexterity. Perfect when working in an environment where such hazards are common.

The KGC1T sleeve offers protection from abrasions, cuts, punctures, and flames, as it will not burn, melt or drip in the event of contact. Additionally, the KGC1T is approved for 3.25 seconds of incidental heat contact at 600 °F.

Regardless of your industry or PPE choice, if you’re working with utility knives, box-cutters or industrial blades, it always helps to maximize your chances for safety and success.

Always make sure to use the glove, sleeve (or whatever else) that is most suited to your tasks, workplace conditions, comfort, and industry requirements. Just because one glove offers a higher protection level over another, for example. doesn’t mean it will effectively protect you in your specific work environment.

Above everything else, your safety is the most important thing: Don’t let workplace hazards gain the upper hand.

It’s never a bad idea to stay a step ahead. Our “Decision Tree” can help ensure that you’re using the correct PPE for your workplace.

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