Glove Cut Protection

ANSI/ISEA Cut Levels

ANSI Cut GuideThe American National Standards Institute’s ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 cut resistance standard uses a nine (9) level scale. This easily helps users identify and zone in on the cut resistant glove and sleeve required for the specific hazard faced. The level of cut resistance extends from 0 to 6,000 grams, based on tests by a Tomodynamometer (TDM Method), which moves a blade across the material. The higher the weight required to cut the materials the higher the cut resistance rating. A higher rating provides the wearer with better protection and cut performance. Be sure to download our PDFs found below, which provides more in-depth knowledge.

ANSI / ISEA Testing Diagram
Diagram for the ANSI/ISEA testing process with a Tomodynamometer (TDM Method)

Different materials provide different levels of cut protection. The right balance between protection and comfort is key to staying safe on the job and ensuring you will want to wear the gear.

Below is a good general guideline when considering cut resistant materials.

General Guide to Cut Resistant Materials and Technologies

Material Cut

Kevlar® 9375
Kevlar® / Steel Blend 9399
Armor Tech
Diamond Tech
- 9676
Diamond Tech / Steel Blend
- 9672DT5PU
Alycore® - PD2905A
Glass Reinforced
- 9346D
"Memphis Survivor"
Steelcore® II
Synthetic/Steel blend
- 9356
"Steelcore® II"
Key Performance
Extreme Cut Protection
Very Good
- Not Recommended

The above guide should be used only as a general reference point. Always keep in mind that each technology allows us to manufacturer cut resistant gloves and sleeves, not cut proof. You will find a lot more information for the specific cut resistant technologies in each dedicated feature page.

Additional Information from our blog for MCR Safety Cut Protection

Cut Protection Focused Industry-Leading Technology

Learn more about the technologies that fuel the fire behind our industry leading protective gear!

The cut resistant technologies we utilize are Alycore, DSM™ Dyneema®, and Dupont™ Kevlar®, Spectra Fibre, and Steelcore stainless shell. Each technology offers unique advantages, designed for keeping you safe across multiple industries and work environments. Some of these include: Automotive, Construction, Food Preparation and Processing, Manufacturing, Metal Fabrication, Metal Stamping, Oil & Gas, Recycling and Waste Management. Each of these industries have applications where different cut resistant technologies are needed and where these technologies perform best, which is why we utilize so many. When performance matters most, when you want to take protection to the next level, look to MCR Safety’s cut resistant products!

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Alycore™ is one of the most ANSI Cut and puncture resistant materials available on the market, period.


Dyneema® Diamond Technology fiber makes possible higher levels of cut protection with enhanced dexterity. Proof is in the numbers...
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DuPont™ Kevlar®

DuPont™ Kevlar® is the ideal choice for applications requiring cut and heat, due to its ability to withstand extreme temperatures.

Cut & Slice Protection from Our Blog

Want more info for gash, laceration, chop and any other types of cut protection? Check out our latest articles from our blog.

Extreme Cut Hazards and A9 Protection for Guarding Against Cuts Lacerations and Punctures
All About Cut Resistant Glove Levels
Five Factors to Check to Decide if Diamond Tech Gloves are Necessary
10 Facts about Our Award Winning Hi Vis Orange DuPont Kevlar Cut Resistant Gloves and Sleeves

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