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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Protective Mesh Gloves: Are They Worth It?

So, we've all seen them at kitchen equipment and department stores; gloves that claim to save your fingers from accidental slicing and/or grating.

Now, I slice myself all the time.  More with graters than with knives, although that still does happen once in a while.  ;)

Despite that nasty wound from only a couple months ago (and from which my finger apparently has gained a permanent dent), I don't plan on ever donning protective gear while chopping or slicing with knives.

Dexterity is paramount when using a knife, and can arguably be what saves you from injuring yourself in the first place... and besides being unwieldy, the glove(s) would also get all gross and dirty and require washing all the time...


However, what interested me enough to finally try getting one of these is the relative frequency with which I gash up my fingers from grating.

I use many graters and zesters, and those things are actually surprisingly sharp!

Many a meal has suffered the misfortune of receiving an extra little bit of protein in the form of my flesh and blood.  I think it funny when I take great pains at making something vegan, only to accidentally add a chunk of animal flesh from sloppy grating technique.  Heh heh heh...  Whoops!

I have a really nice box grater too, but it's actually my zester that has caused me the most grief over the years...

Anyway, I was at Crate and Barrel the other day, which is actually one of my favourite places for kitchen porn, and I saw they had this one lonely guy left in a sale bin.

So I figured, what the heck?

My verdict after using it a few times?



It's alright.  I mean, since using it it has resulted in my not having cut myself... but that could also just be coincidental...

One thing I do enjoy though, is when I am wearing it, it does embolden me significantly, to the point of being able to grate/zest much much quicker than I would otherwise.

So there's that, at least.


They do do what they advertise... I wouldn't want to try coming down real hard on that with my good 8" chef''s knife or anything, but from minor abrasions and such they protect just fine.

All in all, I suppose if you see one of these for cheap and/or you're someone (like me) who is prone to finger gashes and gnashes, then it might be a good fit for you. 

Otherwise, I'd say steer clear, and just try to keep your wits (and dexterity) about you when handling sharp kitchen gear, and just keep it slow when you use those zesters!