December 29, 2006, Newsletter Issue #45: Glove styles of the not so rich and famous

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Not only do gloves come in all kinds of materials and designs, they are made in different styles, which actually have names. What a country. The standard industry glove types are: Fourchette Style Can you say,"Fourchette"? Fourchette is French for "gusset", whatever that means. The fourchette style has a seamless palm and a seamless back with gussets between the two seamless hand patterns. As there are no seams in any work area, it is the optimum of all glove styles; more comfortable and wear resistant, but more expensive to produce than any other form of manufacture, and therefore normally found in dress gloves only Clute Style The Clute has nothing to do with the famous movie of the 60s. This glove style features a seamless palm with three parallel seams on the back of the glove. All finger seams are to the front of the fingers. This is unimportant in cloth and light weight gloves, but very uncomfortable in leather work gloves and thicker fabric gloves. The least labor-intensive style to manufacture. Gunn Style The Gunn style features a seamless back; horizontal seam in palm area directly below the center two fingers. This style is preferred for heavy duty gloves because the "gunn" seam is located in a natural crease of the hand and therefore not a source of discomfort. All finger seams are to the back of the fingers, and unnoticeable while working. Ambi Style Sometimes called a "reversible style" glove, this style is designed to fit either hand. Not as form fitting as other styles, but has the advantage of being able to double the life span of gloves by switching hands after palms of the original side have been worn out. Straight Thumb For closed fisted work (gripping). Construction of glove places all seams out of the work surface during gripping activities. Wing Thumb For open handed work (pushing, pulling, cupping of the palm). Construction of glove places all seams out of the work surface during open handed activities. for chart showing glove characteristics.

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