The word Kevlar conjures up images of bulletproof vests, helmets, and other objects that are strong enough to shield someone from a potentially life-threatening situation. But what is Kevlar? How does it work? What can you use it for besides protection against bullets? We’ll answer all these questions and more in this blog post.
What is Kevlar?
Kevlar is a synthetic material that is used for many purposes. In reality, Kevlar is just a solid polymer with particularly long molecules, making it more resistant to tearing than other materials. The high molecular weight of these plastics also makes them very stiff – able to resist bending or stretching under any force.
Kevlar is most often used for protective gear, as the material can withstand bullets and other high-velocity projectiles (including stabs from knives). It has also been used to produce ropes five times stronger than steel cables of the same thickness.
Chefs use gloves for protection against foodborne illnesses when handling raw meat, poultry, or seafood. They may also wear them during tasks like canning to prevent burns from the hot jars and metal lids.
Kevlar is typically more expensive than other fabrics, and it will wear out quicker from abrasion. It’s also not good for puncture resistance – if a Kevlar glove has an opening or hole in the palm while using scissors, your hand could still be cut through.
Are Kevlar gloves cut-resistant?
Kevlar is a material used in many different products, including gloves and bulletproof vests, so it’s no surprise that the tough fabric would make for great protection when holding something sharp like knives or scissors. In fact, any time you see “Kevlar” on a product (either a glove or a cutting surface), it’s usually there to make that product more durable.
Kevlar is not cutproof and won’t protect you from sharp objects like knives or scissors. If you need to deal with these kinds of tools while wearing Kevlar gloves, make sure to use some protective covering over the gloves.
For example, Kevlar gloves offer a layer of protection for your hands and fingers if you come into contact with something sharp. Kevlar is not cut proof, but it will provide some additional resistance when you squeeze or pick up an object like a knife or scissors.
Can you wash Kevlar gloves?
You can wash Kevlar gloves, but it’s recommended that you use a gentle detergent and keep the temperature below 40 degrees Celsius. If your gloves are used in extreme conditions (e.g., chemicals or oil), you may need to replace them sooner than if they’re just exposed to everyday household items.
What are the different levels of cut-resistant gloves?
The cut resistance levels of gloves are measured in the number of layers. For example, a glove with three layers will be stronger than one that has two. The most common level is Level III – this means it can protect against knives and sharp objects such as scissors or broken glass up to a blade length of six inches (15cm).
The cut 5 resistance you see on gloves is the number required to completely stop cutting motion from something sharp like scissors or an Exacto blade. A Kevlar glove, for example, will keep you safe even if it’s not thick enough to protect against abrasion and puncture.
EN388 is a European standard for cut-resistant gloves. The number represents the fabric’s ability to resist cutting, with 650 being the highest and 20 being the lowest.
What are Kevlar sleeves used for?
Kevlar sleeves are like long-sleeved gloves that cover the entire arm from wrist to shoulder. They prevent cuts and abrasions on your arms when you’re using power tools.
Kevlar sleeves are relatively safe to use for welding, but they will protect you less against the hot metal spatters that can get on your arms. If you’re going to be using a torch or plasma cutter with Kevlar sleeves, then make sure the sleeves have holes at the wrists and armpits, so airflow is increased.