As a woman who sharpens knives for a hobby, I always keep a pair of "fillet gloves" around. These are the gloves a lot of fishermen use when filleting their catch. The gloves are made with (to quote the manufacturer Rapella) "...A comfy blend of natural and synthetic fibers with stainless steel provides the best protection ever.... “
Although the gloves can be hot, I don't have to worry about taking the skin off my knuckles, or cutting myself. I sharpen so many different sizes of knives that I prefer to use these then to keep different jigs on hand to use. I also don't want to stop to build a special jig, when I can just put the gloves on and keep going. They are hot, however, better hot than cut or sanded fingers. I have been sharpening knives and scissors since 1976, since I started using these gloves I have never been cut or sanded. Even before, I was only cut once. Once was one time too many!