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Because leather is durable and extremely tough–yet also quite soft–it makes for an excellent material for work gloves. Many men and women rely on leather gloves for protection from vocational hazards in a variety of industrial jobs. These gloves are often worn by lawn care professionals, delivery truck drivers, factory workers, and construction workers.
Not all leather work gloves are alike, however. There are actually five types of leather for work gloves, each of which has different properties. Cowhide is the most common; it blocks the cold very well and is quite durable and resistant to punctures, but it does not dry soft and flexible. Deerskin leather is naturally soft and flexible and has great dexterity, but is not very durable. Goatskin is soft and pliable and flexible, but not very durable. Pigskin is very durable, flexible, and has great dexterity; it is also good at blocking cold. As for horsehide leather, it has excellent abrasion resistance and durability and is very soft, yet it is not very breathable.
Aside from choosing a type of leather, when selecting work gloves you must also decide upon a cuff style, such as knit wrist, safety cuff, or gauntlet cuff. In addition, you need to select a thumb construction style, either a straight thumb, wing thumb, or keystone thumb.
To learn more about choosing leather work gloves or the various types of leather gloves available, visit the links on the lefts, which have been compiled by Business.com.