Work Gloves; humblest of TEOTWAWKI necessities?

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by SeptemberMage, Jun 22, 2007.


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  1. SeptemberMage

    SeptemberMage LaMOE Monkey

    Ok, this may be too simple, but since I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere I'd like to mention it.
    There is one often overlooked Item which, IMHO, absolutely must be in your survival arsenal/BOB. Work Gloves! Any kind of work glove, raw-hide, leather, etc... just the simplest pair from wally world will do. I have seen gloves mentioned many times as part of cold weather gear, but I think it warrants mentioning how important gloves are all year round: They are INVALUABLE.
    If you are like me, you may have grown up in the city/apartments and may have never thought you needed a pair. I can assure you, as a first-time homeowner and newly dedicated prepper, that when the SHTF nothing is going to augment your ability to get things done like a simple pair of work gloves. I think those of you who grew up in the country would agree. Whether you are gardening, repairing engines/machinery, clearing land, changing tires, rummaging, hunting, fishing, etc... a pair of simple work gloves will augment your grip strength and provide invaluable protection from injury; Injuries that might cost you life or limb (especially during a SHTF Scenario.)
    I have never seen a "History of Gloves" anywhere (maybe I should wikipedia it) but I'm sure that the first caveman to wrap a little bear-skin around his hands came home with more meat and less injuries than anyone else in the town of Bedrock. If you don't own a pair, step away from the computer, drive to your local hardware store/wal-mart/kla-mart/ wherever, and buy a pair for the house, then buy a pair for your BOB, and then buy another pair for TEOTWAWKI. Ok, Ok, maybe you don't need a box of them, but you get the idea... ;) I would love to see some comments on this, maybe I'm overstating the obvious?
     
  2. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    Agreed.... I especially liked my old army gloves. They were the leather shell that you could use a (wool?) liner with. I don't know if that's what they still use but they were hella durable.

    The History of Gloves :)

    Gloves appear to be of great antiquity. According to some translations of Homer's The Odyssey, Laƫrtes is described as wearing gloves while walking in his garden so as to avoid the brambles. (Other translations, however, insist that Laertes pulled his long sleeves over his hands.) Herodotus, in The History of Herodotus (440 BC), tells how Leotychides was incriminated by a glove (gauntlet) full of silver that he received as a bribe. Among the Romans also there are occasional references to the use of gloves. According to Pliny the Younger (ca. 100), his uncle's shorthand writer wore gloves during the winter so as not to impede the elder Pliny's work.

    During the 13th century, gloves began to be worn by ladies as a fashion ornament. They were made of linen and silk, and sometimes reached to the elbow. It was not until the 16th century that they reached their greatest elaboration, however, when Queen Elizabeth I set the fashion for wearing them richly embroidered and jeweled.

    Embroidered and jeweled gloves also formed part of the insignia of emperors and kings. Thus Matthew of Paris, in recording the burial of Henry II of England in 1189, mentions that he was buried in his coronation robes with a golden crown on his head and gloves on his hands. Gloves were also found on the hands of King John when his tomb was opened in 1797 and on those of King Edward I when his tomb was opened in 1774
     
  3. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    I'm really glad you brought that up. As you mentioned, I have winter gloves in my pack but, until today, no work gloves. I missed the obvious. Thanks for the reminder.
     
  4. ozarkgoatman

    ozarkgoatman Resident goat herder

    I haven't owned a pair in years. I work day in, day out with my hands, so they are thick with calases (sp?). DW hands are about as rough as mine. For me it would be unneeded extra weight, but for you city boys it might be a good thing. ;) [LMAO]

    OGM
     
  5. ex3313

    ex3313 Monkey+++

    For a bulk buy I think it's 10 or more check Grainger Supply My previous employer bought them by the case for handling dirty linen rubber underneath.They were $13 a box of 10 pr.leather.
     
  6. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    +1especially when we tear up the neighborhood asphalt and plant food...without earth movers.
     
  7. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Great subject! I have gloves stashed everywhere. Different ones for different applications.

    FYI: Goat skin gloves are best if you're working around thorny vines or roses - the thorns won't penetrate them (unless the gloves get wet). They're also a softer leather than cow and far more comfortable for long-period wear (IMO).
     
  8. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    Yep, a very good call! I can get by with XL work gloves, but I actually wear XXL in order to be able to properly grip something like a tool handle. Hard to find sometimes - I should lay in a stock.
    I like the basic all-leather type. They are rugged and long-wearing.
     
  9. sniper-66

    sniper-66 Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    For tactical gloves, try www.southwestmotorsports.com Pricey, but well worth the money. I wear the flight gloves and helped this company crack into the military fold. I have several different types of their gloves and love all of them. The picture on the front with a tan hand on a helicopter collective is my hand.
     
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