New ANSI and EN 388 Cut Glove Standard
Difference Between Standards
The ANSI cut standard uses a razor blade in its testing method to determine the weight in grams needed to cut
through the material of the glove using linear motion. A cut level is then assigned to the gloves material,
determined by the range of weight used during testing.
The EN 388 cut standard uses a circular blade, under a fixed load, in its testing method to determine the blade
rotations needed to cut through the material of the glove. A cut level is then assigned to the gloves material,
determined by the number of blade rotations used during testing. Additionally, a cut test using a TDM 100
cut test machine is also performed. This test, measured in Newtons, will measure the cut resistance with
a straight blade. This will add an additional 6 levels to the cut rate standard, which are represented by
letters A to F.
New ANSI Standards
EN 388 Levels
||Weight (G) Needed to cut with 1" (25mm) blade travel
||Average cut index (10 measurements)