Barbed wire

From Marian Bantjes’ blog: Barbed Wire.

A couple of weeks ago I was sitting around with friends discussing patents, as one does, and my friend Ken started talking about the patents of barbed wire, and how there are many different kinds, with different barb twists or different ways of entwining the wire to create separate patents. Then he said, “Would you like to see my barbed wire collection?”

Barbed wire collection!! Boy, would I! YES. So he went away and came back wtih a box full of… well, look! [continue]

Many photos follow, and you’ll want to see them.

4 thoughts on “Barbed wire

  1. Growing up on a small farm in South Australia I had several nasty encounters with barbed wire fences before I learnt the best way to cross them. I had no idea, however, that there were different types of barbs or that it was possible to have a barbed wire collection. This was a fascinating article!

    • There’s a best way to cross them? Please explain.

      I enjoyed that article, too. Marian’s blog is rather new… unless you view it as a revival of one of her web projects from years ago. She’s plenty interesting, so I hope to see more blog posts from her.

      • > There’s a best way to cross them? Please explain.

        When I say there’s a best way to cross them, you must understand that it is neither elegant nor particularly foolproof! My childhood experience, however, suggests that the most likely way to succeed is to cross at a section of the fence next to a post where the wire tends to be most taut (“tautest”?) and to have thick-soled shoes that enable a brief spring off the top row of barbs. What could possibly go wrong?!

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