Cut ratings indicate the glove’s resistance to cutting hazards. The higher the rating, the more protection the glove provides against cuts. Different regions have different standards for cut ratings. Here’s a brief overview of the most common standards:
EN 388 (European Standard)
This standard uses both the “Coup Test” and the “TDM Test” for gloves manufactured after 2016.
Ratings are represented by a series of four (or more) numbers (e.g., 4X43C). The third number (or letter X if not tested) represents the Coup Test result, while the last character (a letter from A to F) represents the TDM Test result, with A being the lowest and F the highest cut resistance. For the EN 388 and ISO 13997 standards, the cut rating goes up to F.
ANSI/ISEA 105 (American Standard)
This standard uses the “ASTM F2992-15 Test” and rates gloves from A1 (lowest) to A9 (highest) based on their cut resistance.
A1 gloves can withstand weights of 200-499 grams, while A9 gloves can withstand weights of 6000+ grams.
ISO 13997 (International Standard) For the ANSI/ISEA 105 standard, the cut rating goes up to A9.
It’s essential to understand the specific standard referenced when looking at glove cut ratings to ensure you’re getting the appropriate level of protection.