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S-Tex Technology

The best cut resistance gloves

At SHOWA we continuously work on improving the wearing experience. Ergonomic shape design, seamless knit liner, engineered fibre for flexibility and tactility are just some of the common features found in our gloves. By making our gloves as comfortable as possible without compromising on safety, we hope that our users will keep the gloves on at all times and stay safe in their workplace. This is particularly important in work that requires high cut protection, because accidents here can lead to serious injuries with grave consequences for both the user and the employer.

The story of Hagane Coil®

Our first notable liner for protection against mechanical risks was a seamless knit nylon liner in in glove B0500, launched back in 1988. Ensuring both comfort and protection was our aim from the get-go. Sturdy nylon combined with world’s first polyurethane palm coating offers dexterity as well as good abrasion resistance for general purpose use. Encouraged by this success, over time, SHOWA integrated new fibres and fibre combinations specifically for achieving higher cut resistance. Since then our cut protection gloves have come a long way. High Performance Polyethylene (HPPE) fibres first featured in SHOWA 541 offer good cut resistance. Liners with integrated aramid fibres such as the Kevlar® liner in GP-KV1 offer even better cut protection.

Development of new cut-resistant technology follows increasing demand for higher cut-resistant protection in work processes. While measuring the levels of cut resistance of different materials in the mesh of the glove, it became evident to our researchers that integration of stainless steel in liners could offer exceptional protection. The research led to development of the S-TEX KV3, Hagane Coil®. And thus, the Hagane Coil® engineered liner was born!

Steel protection

With Hagane Coil® technology we are able to provide high levels of cut resistance without sacrificing comfort. Hagane Coil® utilises a unique coiling technique that binds an attending yarn to a stainless steel core. The integrated steel core provides better protection than any natural or synthetic fibres, yet it is thin enough to allow flexibility and free movement as the hand bends and flexes. By utilising different composite yarns we can create different wearing experience. Soft yarns and stainless steel combinations offer more comfort and dexterity, while hard yarns and stainless steel offer superior protection and durability. It is a combination that offers maximum protection, comfort and performance.

[ 1 ] Polyster / nylon
[ 2 ] Stainless steel
[ 3 ] Attending yarn (depending on glove)

A superior family of cut protection gloves

To provide better individual protection against cuts, SHOWA has engineered several liners with Hagane Coil®. This has led to the creation of the S-TEX Series - a line featuring the best cut resistance gloves that we have to offer.