Tony hates wearing gloves. So does Marshall, but sometimes he does wear them, because he’s clumsy and he semi-frequently cuts himself.
We’re currently carrying two types of gloves: a ‘budget’ model and a ‘premium’ model.
The budget gloves are made from Kevlar®, in a knit configuration, with a ‘grip’ pattern made of a latex dip. They’re basically the same gloves as the previous ones we stocked, except that they have the blue latex addition, which arguably makes them a little more cut resistant, and a little less flexible. There’s nothing special about these (i.e. no reason we’re stocking these instead of the old ones) except that Marshall happened to find a really good price on them which was too good an opportunity to miss – we doubt you’ll find them retailing anywhere at a better price.
These are a size 8 glove (19cm from end of wrist to tip of middle finger), and unlike the earlier gloves we stocked, they are ‘handed’ – right hand glove will only fit the right hand.
The premium glove is a Dyneema® / Lycra® blend. Marshall selected this glove after trialling several options (including stainless steel chainmail!), based on the comfort level, cut resistance, and durability. They are so light you barely know you’re wearing them, they have better cut resistance than the budget option, and they are fully washable and stay effective when wet.
I reckon it’s fair to say that if you scythe, you will hurt yourself… it’s just a matter of when, and how much.
The actual process of mowing with a scythe is relatively safe – you’re holding the handles and the blade is away from your body. But in pretty much everything else – carrying it, setting it up, maintaining it – there’s always a risk.
How much of a risk? Well, some of my friends consider me a ‘safety freak’, but if that’s true, it’s probably because I know I can be clumsy at times. And I did manage to do this:
Which then started to look like this:
This happened when I was sharpening a bush blade several years ago – I wouldn’t even class it as a particularly sharp blade. It was largely due to incorrect technique (I had my index finger up along the back of the whetstone, rather than cleanly grasping with a fist) and a moment of inattention. My index finger still hurts in a change of temperature.
There is also, of course, a risk in wearing gloves too – they reduce the level of sensitivity your fingers have, and they can also reduce your grip (that’s unlikely to be the case with these coated ones, though). So it’s a decision you need to make for yourself.
I’ll be wearing them. Sometimes. Check out the video of the gloves in action (these are the first kevlar gloves we stocked. Similar tests on the current ones suggest that if anything, they’re more cut resistant):
And again here. This demonstrates that the gloves are certainly not cut proof, but they certainly are cut resistant. The length of blade I had to engage to damage the glove was considerable, compared to the short length of blade I had to engage to slice through the carrot alone: