As any blacksmith will tell you, proper eye-protection equipment is very important, and you should always be wearing safety glasses when at work. Much like construction work, blacksmiths need to always be prepared for accidents.
Here is a list of all the products mentioned in this article (click for quick navigation):
Dimensions: 8.1 x 6.7 x 4 in | Impact-rated: ANSI Z87.1+ | Weight: 1.6 ounces
Top Features:Complete Face Protection | Rubber Seals
Safety goggles are another type of eyewear that is great for blacksmiths. These safety goggles provide excellent protection because the clear lenses are hard coated, anti-scratch, and extremely durable.
The lenses are also anti-fog and 99.99% UV resistant and they meet the ANSI Z87.1+ standard.
Besides that, these safety goggles have interior rubber lining that comfortably seals them to your face, so there’s no need to worry about dirt getting under your eyes.
While the frame is a little large, the strap is adjustable, and you can easily adjust it to your preferred size.
Several customers mentioned that the lenses fog sometimes. If that happens, I recommend coating the interior with an anti-fog solution, and the fogging should be minimal.
When it comes down to it, if you’re looking for full-face protection, these are a good choice.
Dimensions: 2.8 x 5.8 x 2 in | Impact-rated: ANSI Z87.1+, MIL-PRF 32432, and CSA Z94.3 | Weight: 1.12 ounces
Top Features:Meets Three Impact Standards
These stylish safety sunglasses another great choice.
While they look like any old pair of sunglasses, they’re actually quite durable and meet three impact resistant standards:ANSI Z87.1+, MIL-PRF 32432, and CSA Z94.3.
You also have a couple of style options: polarized, anti-fog and standard.
They also have a wide selection of lens types and frame styles and colors. It’s worth taking a look at their catalog to find your ideal style.
What I liked most about these glasses are the impact resistant qualities. Besides meeting the standards mentioned earlier, they also block 99% of UV rays, and the frame can bend without breaking or bending at all.
The downside is they don’t provide much protection coverage. While there is a place to add an interior foam gasket, it requires a separate purchase. Regardless, if you like the fashionable style, they’re worth a look.
Safety Glasses For Blacksmithing Buyer Guide:
If you’re still looking for info on how to narrow down your choice, here’s some advice. You don’t want safety glasses that are too loose.
While any pair of safety glasses, regardless of the fit, will protect your eyes from direct impact, fragments can fly at you from unpredictable angles.
It’s better to find protective eyewear that offers maximum protection, even if it means sacrificing aesthetics. For instance, side shields, large lenses, rubber or foam lining for your lower eyes, and more.
A common blacksmithing injury occurs when a spark flies up and into the small gap beneath your safety glasses, ricochets off the glasses and ends up in your eye. It’s not fun.
In most cases, that can be avoided by wearing safety glasses that are a tight fit and have a large frame. You could also look for safety glasses that have rubber lining around the lenses to secure them to your face.
On the subject of size, you want to make sure the glasses don’t slide off too easily. In short, make sure the safety glasses properly fit you. I recommend trying on a couple of sizes and styles until you find a pair that not only looks good but also fits your head.
If you can’t find the right size, one thing you could do is use a face-shield with any old pair of safety glasses.
When you’re grinding or buffing, a lot of particles and shards can come loose. Better yet, replace your safety glass lenses with prescription ones (if needed) and then wear a face-shield over your glasses. It will provide the most protection, especially when welding and heavy cutting near a forge.
The Bottom Line:
Finding the right pair of safety eyewear for your blacksmithing projects doesn’t have to be a difficult decision. Most safety glasses are budget-friendly and you can always return the ones that don’t fit you.
In my opinion, it’s worth investing a bit more money into a high-quality pair that will last for years, instead of rebuying cheap ones every couple of months.
Be sure to check my other articles about blacksmithing safety equipment: