Barb Wire Beginnings
The first patent for barbed wire was in in 1867 by Lucien Smith from Ohio. It quickly became one of the most popular ways of containing cattle. In 1880, across the North Atlantic in Belgium, Leo Leander Bekaert designed his own variation of barb wire. The idea grew into wire manufacturing company called Bekaert. With over 130 years experience, Bekaert continues to produce barb wire today, exclusively manufacturing for CLIPEX® in the Australian market.
Choosing the Right Barb
CLIPEX® offers two styles of barb wire. “IOWA” barb and HT or high tensile barb. “IOWA” is made from 2.5mm diameter low tensile wires. It’s much softer and easier to tie, has very little elasticity and is less adversely affected by grass fires. “IOWA” tends to sag slightly and is only recommended to be used with close fence post spacings. High tensile wire has a much higher breaking strain, is more elastic and is able to used with much further fence post spacings.