Butchers' gloves? WAS Re: New to the Group
- --- In email@example.com, "msgilliandurham"
> Greetings to the list, and a question --My opinion:
> There exists something called "butchers' gloves" -- gloves available
> mundanely, made, IIRC, of tiny links of chain mail, or tiny chain mail
> and heavy leather. They are worn by (of course) butchers, to keep them
> from slicing their hands open while cutting up carcasses. They are
> very flexible.
> Would wearing these, or something like them, eliminate some of these
> injuries, do you think? or would the gloves make it too difficult to
> grasp the wood on which you were working?
> Gillian (who needs all her fingers for sewing) Durham
Mail is great for occasional defense against slashing attacks and to a
lesser extent thrusts (butcher knives and shark teeth), but is not
good against repeated attacks or thrusts. If you think about a bandsaw
or table saw blade, you have many hundreds, if not thousands of
"attacks" per second, which are a combination of thrust and slice. I
think these will very quickly shred even welded mail (unless it's made
of thick wire). Also, it will have a tendency to catch the links and
draw your hand into the blade.
I have no direct experience with the above subject, just a little
knowledge about the characteristics of mail and the characteristics of
blades. I doubt that mail gloves will help much at all with
woodworking accidents. 100% attentiveness is a far better defense.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "thorkatlamana"
> This is in regards to using a glove when carving, not using powerAh, non-power tools... ok, yes gloves would help. Sorry about my
> I use a "carvers glove" that is a strange knit material that fits my
> hand very well, and does not hinder my abilities one bit. It is also
> referred to as a "fish scaler's glove", but since I bought mine at
> Woodcrafter's, the label was appropriate.
previous append. Is this the kind of thing that you're referring to?
This sounds like a good idea. I should go see if I can find a pair.