haha, I'll be reaching into tangled barbs of raspberry vines with my off-hand from now on, that's for sure.
I only tried gloves once, they had a nice fit but were too grippy. Idk what kind they were, but i get along fine with my hands. Melt a little snow on my fingers in the winter, and birdie bag in the summer to maintain a perfect not-too-wet, not-too-dry grip. I'm not surprised at finding a splinter, since I don't normally (ie, never!) get blisters from throwing.