Leather FAQ

1. Gloves Cut Patterns
2. Grain v. Split Leather
3. Leather Cuts
4. Glove Features and Options

Gloves Cutting Patterns

There are 2 basic patterns used for cutting gloves and 2 basic patterns of thumb styles. Gunn cut is the most common and features the two middle fingers are sewn to the palm. On a GUNN CUT PATTERN the palm, little finger, and index finger are cut from one piece of leather and the two center fingers are cut from another piece. On the back side of a gunn cut pattern the entire back including all four fingers are cut from one piece of leather.

The Clute cut keeps the palm free of stiching. On the palm side of a CLUTE CUT PATTERN the palm and all four fingers are cut from one piece of leather and on the back side, each finger is a
separate piece of leather..

There are also two different ways to attach the thumb of the glove. The straight thumb and the wing thumb as shown in these illustrations.


Grain v. Split Leather

Grain - The grain or top layer (thus top grain) is the smooth outermost external side. It is the best and largest piece of leather on the animal. Used for better gloves, they stay nicer-looking longer and give more dexterity to the fingers. This grain-textured layer is the most durable and softest.

Split - The flesh split or bottom layer, is used mainly for gloves, apparel and accessories. It is generally stiffer and heavier than top grain leathers, and is ideal for leather palm styles which have linings to protect the hands against its roughness.



Leather Cuts

Side leather is the strongest portion of an animals hide. In this area the fibers are more tightly woven and make the leather longer wearing. Shoulder would be next in quality and belly having the least strength.

Side: This came from the back and side portions of the animal. The hide is densest here, yielding a consistently durable grade of leather. We use only side split leather in the manufacture of our split leather gloves.

Shoulder: The hide is less uniform in density and appearance. The result is a less durable, but more affordable leather.

Belly: The belly area yields the thinnest and least durable leather.


Glove Features and Options

Full Leather Heel: The heel (also called a pull) adds protection for the wrist, and longevity to the cuff.

Thumb Welt: A narrow strip of leather, approximately 1/2 inch wide that is sewn at the seams to protect the seams from abrasion. A thumb welt is placed in the seam where the thumb joins the palm.

Full Leather Thumb: 360° leather protection for your thumb.


Thumb Strap: A wider strip of leather , approximately 1 inch wide, that is sewn around the base of the thumb on a glove. The purpose of the thumb strap is to reinforce the key contact area.

Reinforced Full Palm Patch: Adds additional protection and longevity in the palm. The patch is a second layer of leather most often sewn inside the palm, index finger and thumb portion of a glove. Patches sewn to the outside of a glove have a tendency to come loose after extended wear creating a potential hazard.



Safety Cuff: Approximately 2-1/2 inches long, made from fabric that has been bonded to a heavy 32 ounce rubberized cuff material. It is stiff in nature, offers extra wrist and forearm protection, and is also liquid and water resistant.

Our fabric gauntlet cuffs are made from the same material as the safety cuffs, are approximately 4-1/2 inches long and protect more of the arm..

Full leather gauntlet cuffs are available in lengths of 6 inches up to 10 inches in length for more severe environments.

Elastic Band: Limits the amount of debris that can find its way into the glove.

Leather Knuckle Strap and Fingertips: On cloth gloves gives added protection to the knuckles, provides additional protection in the areas that receive the most abuse and wear.

Full Leather Forefinger: A design in which the seam at the side of the index finger is placed farther away from the palm leaving the working area of the finger smooth for better dexterity.



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