Published January 1, 2009. From Cook's Illustrated.
Cut-resistant gloves are designed to protect fingers when you grate, slice, or chop, but do they really work?
Cut-resistant gloves are designed to protect fingers when you grate, slice, or chop, but do they really work? We bought four brands and asked for volunteers—but wary test cooks made themselves scarce. So we fit hot dogs into the fingers and ran a sharp knife five times over each one. After every dog emerged unscathed, our testers came back and agreed to wear the gloves to grate and slice carrots and onions on a box grater and mandoline. With the glove (sold one per package; the fabric molds to fit either hand), we could comfortably change the mandoline blades and grip its hand guard. (We don’t recommend skipping the hand guard; the gloves are not infallible.) While all four brands are made of Spectra fiber, a material used in bullet-resistant vests, the tightness of the weave made a difference: Looser-woven fibers on two brands began to shred and pull apart as we worked. In the end, we preferred the snug weave and stretchy fabric of the Microplane Specialty Series Cut Resistant Glove ($24.95), which proved both comfortable and durable.