Nobody really knows who the inventor of the glove was. Like
many of our ancestor's early inventions;
fire, the wheel, the spear. We have no clear record of their pedigree. So we are sadly left with only
the evidence of their use. However, the glove is by far one of the most important human inventions
and one that will be with us for many centuries to come.
Today, many experts speculate how the first gloves were made and of what materials they were
Some experts believe that the first glove was a kind of
mitten fashioned from animal skins and used solely
for the protection from low
temperatures. One can easily imagine caveman sitting by the fire while wearing
animal skins to protect their
hands from the elements. To this day, one can still see native people of
Alaska use their version of that primitive glove's ancestor.
It is also speculated that not too long after these primitive people discovered the glove, they also
stumbled upon other uses for it. It is believed that among the early work uses of the glovewere their
use as a hand protector while doing hard labor and when fashioning stone tools. Many experts think this
innovative use of the glove was discovered due more by chance than by design.
As human civilization spread across the globe the use of the glove became more common. Soon, primitive
cultures began using some type of glove when working
with fire, forging iron, bronze and other metals. It is believed that these early civilizations fashioned gloves from a
wide assortment of materials including;
animal hides, sheep skin and later from silk and assorted metals. Today, we still use some of those same
materials to make gloves for various professions, including
electrical work, health care,
semiconductors, construction work, cleanrooms etc.
During the Middle Ages, the glove arose to prominence in human civilization as the uses and styles began
to evolve. By the Middle Ages gloves had started to diversified into many other occupations and uses.
During this epoch, gloves
became an indispensable tool used by craftsman, laborers, and soldiers. The Middle Ages also saw the
introduction of the glove as a status symbol. Back then, meticulously
adorned gloves were created for royalty, nobles and other elite of the day.
Gloves have evolved over time into a multitude of styles, sizes and purposes. Today, gloves are
used for driving, sports, weight lifting,
glass handling operations,
chemical operations & handling,
woodworking and waste handling & recycling,
food handling, and
A good example of a high quality glove designed for a specific purpose is the rugged G-Tek® Maxiflex
Plus™. These durable gloves are made with FDA approved materials for food handling applications.
Type of styles
By the late 20th century gloves were designed in a myriad of styles, colors, and materials. The essence
of the glove also evolved, not only in the weight, length, and material construction, but also in the
quality, comfort level and even in the design of the glove. New materials have provided the user of
today's gloves with increased dexterity, improved gripping
power and superior safety against heat, cold,
and abrasive elements.
Today we can easily purchase specialized gloves for just about every major industry, hobby and profession.
Material use has also taken a leap forward with
space age fabrics and increased comfort and adaptability.
What are some of
the materials gloves are made of?
Often the use of the glove will determine the type of material the glove is made of; today, one can purchase
gloves made of
and other materials. Recently, the trend has been for the design and manufacture of higher quality and more
comfortable gloves. One glove that has become popular due to its quality, comfort and sensitivity is
Air Force Gloves PIP 32-747. This superior glove is especially useful for applications that
require high tactual sensitivity.
and their use
Normally the work that needs to be done will dictate the type of glove one should have. For example;
A semiconductor manufacturer will want the
use of a soft glove made of static resistant materials. While,
A medical professional traditionally
relies on gloves made of latex and powdered with cornstarch to
lubricate the gloves, or a non-powered glove for surgery. An example of material use is the popular
Ambi-Thix heavy weight latex,
medical glove PIP 62-327PF.
Today's technology has produced many advances in glove design.
Not only are gloves
comfortable, light weight, durable and breathable. But, older materials are being slowly replaced
by new materials that are more economical and durable. An example of material replacement is
Dyneema┬« yarn. This new material is used by the new generation of
Resistant coated gloves. This amazing material offers cut and abrasion resistance without sacrificing
dexterity. G-Tek®'s cut resistant gloves made with Dyneema┬« yarn offer
seamless shell construction
that provides the utmost in comfort with polyurethane, latex
and nitrile coatings for excellent grip. Each glove is washable, resistant to chemicals, water and ultraviolet light,
increasing the lifetime
of the gloves. This innovative material is one of the many advances incorporated by G-Tek® gloves; its
no wonder G-Tek® gloves are on the cutting edge of safety, and comfort.
the top glove manufacturer?
While there is a multitude of glove manufacturers, one particular brand has become the most widely
used glove for the demanding professional; G-Tek®'s
selection of products, styles, materials,
quality and par excellence, has earned it a special place in every shop, manufacturer, and business or
professional that needs quality and durability. If you demand the best then click here to look at our
line of G-Tek┬« gloves.