Key Episodes in the History of Barbed Wire

Key episodes in the history of barbed wire

More than a year has passed since Joseph F. Glidden invented barbed wire. Today you can buy this product for organizing a reliable fence everywhere. We can say that barbed wire has gone through a difficult evolutionary path associated with bleak moments in human history, such as wars, concentration camps, etc. But it was precisely this path that made it possible to make modern barbed wire a product that has practically no weak points. So, let’s plunge into the past and highlight the main points that affected the production of barbed wire and its structural improvement.

  1. The impetus for the birth of barbed wire in 1873 is considered to be the invention of Henry Rose, a farmer from Illinois, who developed a new type of fence for livestock, where boards with spikes were used as a restraining force.
  2. A year after Rose's invention, innovator Joseph F. Glidden offers his version of wire fencing with metal spikes placed directly on a steel core.
  3. That same year, the invention was patented and Glidden, along with his friend and companion Isaac Ellwood, founded the company I.L. Ellwood Manufacturing Company, which began the world's first production of barbed wire.
  4. In 1892, a miners' strike in Idaho was held back by barbed wire. This was the first recorded historical fact of using this product against people. The city, surrounded by barbed wire, became a grave for 1,200 people who were never able to leave its borders.
  5. During the First World War, several important developments of structural and functional significance occur. During this period, barbed tape, spiral wire fencing, and tape were invented. A little later, the concept of reinforcing razor tape with steel wire appears.
  6. At the end of the 70s of the last century, Americans proposed using the technology of rolling barbed wire to enhance its functional qualities. This decision leads to the emergence of a new type of spiral fence, which has the highest deterrent force in the entire history of barbed wire.
  7. At the dawn of the third millennium, the Egoza trademark unites most of the CIS barbed wire manufacturers.
  8. A new round in the history of the development of barbed wire is planned in the mid-2000s, when Yu.V. Tkachenko is developing a system for protecting sea vessels, Anti-Pirate, which allows you to quickly install and collapse a barrier made of ASCL. At the same time, Tkachenko continues to refine the basic design of barbed wire, which leads to the invention of barbed wire made of composite materials.