Cut Test Methods — By the Numbers

Cut Test Methods
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It is important to understand the different cut methods and standards used in local and global cut standards in order to interpret the data and specify the correct cut protection gloves and accessories. DuPont created a guide to help specifiers of protective apparel understand the different standards so they can make informed decisions about cut protective apparel performance.


Here is an overview of the following test methods:

• ASTM F2992-15 — This ASTM test method for measuring cut resistance is the newest revision and is now the only test method recognized by the ANSI/ISEA 105 Handbook for measuring cut resistance. The test method references only the TDM cut test machine and is similar in practice to the now-obsolete ASTM F1790-05 test method. 

• EN 388-2003 — The European norm for protective gloves against mechanical hazards. This test uses the Couptest cut test machine.

• ISO 13997 — International test standard for the TDM cut test machine.


Note that these test methods are not interchangeable. To understand which standard is right for you click on the Global Standards for Hand Protection Guide. To learn more about what the new global standards mean for you please download the ANSI/ISEA 105 Cut Standard and EN 388 Cut Standard guide.