I work in residential construction. I use the 11-601 glove because I can easily hold hammers and other tools and also pick up nails and screws. Writing notes is also easy to do. I have found that other types of gloves that offer better protection are too stiff. The result is removing the gloves and working with bare hands. These are "light" protection gloves, but they have almost eliminated the many splinters and small cuts that I experienced in the past.
When the task involves rough lumber, trash, or roofing shingles, I change to a stiffer glove for better protection.
We currently use the Showa 540D. My guys love them. They are comfortable enough that they put them on and just leave them on all shift so a glove that has good "breathability". These are form fitting and allow great dexterity for picking up and holding small objects.
They are hard on them and I usuallly replace a pair of gloves for each worker each week so if there is another glove out there that is more durable I would love to know more about it!
What's the application?
We use them for the production of cutting dies for the corrugated container industry. This steel rule is sharp enough to cut if you even look at it wrong! The rule is shaped by an auto-bender machine and then the workers insert the rule into wood fixtures by pounding them in place with mallets. Vibration syndrome is a concern as well.
We also utilize them in other areas of the plant. Whenever someone is making a cut with a utility knife they wear a glove on their non-cutting hand.