Honest Abe® gloves are constructed from the highest quality leathers which are tanned and selected to meet the
requirements of even the toughest jobs. Each type of leather has qualities which determine its performance
Types of leather and their characteristics:
Top grain cowhide is the layer of the hide that was on the outside of the animal and had the hair growing out of it.
Its beautiful smooth surface is stronger and more flexible than the split or suede layer. Grain leathers will generally
dry softer after wetting than their suede counterpart. Grain side cowhide is a premium product for applications where
durability and dexterity are essential. Cowhide belly leather is an economical top grain cowhide for applications where
more variation in grain surface is acceptable.
Split or sueded cowhide is the layer below the top grain. It is rugged for applications where durability is essential and
dexterity is secondary. Like top grain, the side leather is the premium quality while the belly and shoulder areas are
used for economy.
The crown jewel in premium glove leather. Deerskin is extremely soft and provides superior dexterity, natural insulation
with an outstanding fit. Dries the softest after wetting of any grain leather.
Once relegated to an inferior status, modern tanning advances have made our top grain pigskin a premium product
in its own right. Pigskin will dry soft after wetting. Its durability and softness make it an excellent choice where top
grain leather is desired.
Elkskin is a far less common leather than deerskin. Native to North America, elkskin is also thicker, more grainy and
has better wear characteristics than deerskin.
Comfortable and economical. Our cotton fabrics are excellent quality and come in a variety of thicknesses and colors.
Woven fabrics (canvas and chore gloves) give outstanding durability. Wear can be enhanced by extra fabric weight
or the application of PVC dots.
Knitted fabrics (jersey, thermal and "knits") give an excellent fit and comfort. Our products offer a wide variety of
options to varying requirements. Wear can be enhanced by increasing fabric weight, blending of synthetics like
polyester or the application of PVC dots.
Ramie and Ramie/Cotton Blends:
Ramie is a fiber from an Asian plant. Ramie is very strong and, when blended with cotton, produces an excellent
work glove fabric which is more resistant to wear than cotton alone. Ramie blends are used in either knitted or
COATED AND LATEX
Good resistance to cuts and abrasions but not as good as PVC or Nitrile. Resists acids and many other hazardous
chemicals such as alcohols, oils, ketones, detergents and fertilizers. Remains flexible when used in refrigerated
areas to -10ÂºF.
PVC (Polyvinyl chloride):
Liquid resistance to mild chemicals, strong acids, oils, fats, and solvents. Outstanding abrasion resistance.
Can resist alcohols but not aldehydes, ketones, aromatic hydrocarbons. Generally, remains flexible above 25ÂºF
and should be used below 150ÂºF. PVC is often the lowest cost coating if it will meet the application requirements.
More cut, abrasion and puncture resistant than neoprene or PVC. Resists many solvents, grease, acid, caustic
and many petroleum products. Cut-and-sewn styles are not liquid proof.
Latex or Natural Rubber:
Excellent resistance to cuts and abrasion, excellent gripping and temperature resistance from 0ÂºF to 300ÂºF.
Resists most liquids that will mix with water (acids, bases, alcohols, acetones) but not resistant to petroleum
based liquids, grease or solvents. Caution: Some individuals have allergic reactions to latex rubber or powder.
Individuals experiencing a reaction should discontinue use and seek medical advice.