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Clute Cut

Last updated: September 3, 2020

What Does Clute Cut Mean?

A clute cut is a type of pattern used in the construction of work gloves. Clute-cut gloves feature a single piece of fabric for the palm and bottom (palmside) finger pieces, which means that there are no seams on the bottom side of the palm. The back of the glove consists of four separate pieces—one for each finger—and are held together by a series of exposed seams. The thumb piece is a straight thumb, and also features exposed seams.

The clute cut glove design is often recognizable due to the three prominent seams—one between each finger—which travel down the back of the glove.

Safeopedia Explains Clute Cut

The clute cut glove is primarily used for fabric material gloves. The design—a single piece of fabric for the palmside of the glove, and separate pieces of fabric for the back—results in a glove that is flexible to use, roomy, and easy to grip objects with. Because it is comfortable, the clute cut is the most popular type of glove cut for cotton and flannel gloves, and is also a popular type of cut for leather gloves. Due to the smaller number of seams used to produce the clute glove, they are also frequently lower cost than gloves made with other patterns.

As a glove pattern that is mostly used with fabric material, gloves which feature a clute cut design do not provide appropriate protection for workers whose hands require protection from highly hazardous chemicals or mechanical risks. The exposed seams of the clute cut glove are vulnerable to wear from mechanical friction and from potential exposure to substances which could either degrade the seams or leak through them—chemical protection gloves are usually seamless.

Whether or not a given clute cut glove is suitable for use as protective equipment in any given instance ultimately comes down to the materials it is used with and the manner in which the seams are handled. As with any other form of work glove, clute cut gloves must be tested and rated for each individual hazard they might be exposed to. In North America, ANSI standards are used to categorize gloves according to separate hazard safety levels (e.g., for puncture, abrasion, or cut) that describe how much force the glove can take before failing.


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