January 17, 2013 | Joe Geng |

Walk in Our Winner’s Shoes: Watch Us Custom-Create Some Wicked Work Gloves

So you didn’t win the custom glove contest? We know that doesn’t mean you still don’t need some options. Throughout the next couple of blog posts, we’ll take you through the process of creating Dennis’ custom design. While in this case the specifics apply to his situation, you’ll get to see exactly how the design and manufacturing process works, and see how Superior Glove goes about custom-creating work gloves — which is something we’re proud to offer our customers.

Unlike other manufacturers our size, custom glove design is something we are excited about and eager to innovate in tandem with you. After all, who knows more about what end users really need — a team of researchers or the guys and gals wearing the gloves? Our hats are off to you, ladies and gents.

Check out what’s happening on Dennis’ journey through custom glove design at Superior.


Phase 1: Product Design and Yarn Twisting

Our winner Dennis described the types of hazards he typically encounters while on the job restoring cars.  With the vast array of hazards he has to contend with, Dennis is perfectly suited for custom gloves. Here’s what wasn’t working for him… 

PROBLEM: Standard Leather TIG Gloves
SOLUTION: Dennis said leather TIG gloves are too thick and don’t fit his hands properly. For this reason, we’ll be trying a knit glove with an abrasion-resistant palm dip. A knit glove will have a closer fit, offering more dexterity and comfort than a cut-and-sewn TIG welder. Sounds good so far… 

PROBLEM: Insufficient Cut Resistance
SOLUTION: Dennis needs to protect his hands from cuts, pinches, and sharp edges. We already decided on a knit glove, rather than leather. Great. But next we had to come up with a design that would offer increased cut resistance. So we’re going with a Kevlar®/carbon combination. In addition to providing good cut resistance, this combination will offer excellent heat resistance.

This is an example where the sum of the two yarns is greater than the parts. Carbon has amazing heat resistance, but lacks durability. Kevlar® has great cut resistance, but is not exceptional for heat dissipation (a knitted Kevlar® glove could not be used for welding because your hand would get too hot… as in “Oh %@$!, that’s hot!”…and we don’t want that). But, if we combine the two yarns and knit them into a glove… you get an extremely heat-resistant glove that is also cut resistant and durable. Ah, much better.


Now here’s a peek at what that process looks like, though we can’t get too technical as there are quite a few trade secrets involved in the process. The illustration below will give you an idea of what’s involved in the yarn-twisting engineering process. In the interest of safeguarding our trade secrets, this image will also self-destruct in 10 seconds.
(Okay, no. We like to be innovative, but we’re not James Bond.)



This image illustrates the yarn-twisting process of engineering two yarns together – in this case, Kevlar® and carbon.


Image will self-destruct in 10, 9, 8…
Oh wait, we decided against that.

              [image courtesy of World Fibers]  



Check back in to see how Dennis’ gloves are coming together (literally).
Up next? Phase 2, where we’ll be knitting and dipping the glove.



Stay tuned to keep up with the process and see what happens next!

Until next time…



Joe Geng
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Vice President of Superior Glove