Number 8 wire
It has not been sold under that name for three decades, since it was replaced with the equivalent 4.0 mm wire in the metric system. As such it is still widely used in fencing, mostly in strapping or tie-downs. It is not generally used for line wires, where 2.5 mm high-tensile (formerly 12.5 SWG) is the norm.
Number 8 wire is often used inventively and practically for applications other than for fencing. It is also used as a term that epitomises the "kiwi bloke" as someone who can turn their hand to anything, most commonly found in the phrase "a number 8 wire mentality", meaning the ability to create or repair machinery using whatever scrap materials are available to hand.
- Orsman, H. W. (2011). The Dictionary of New Zealand English. danniverk: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-558347-7.
- "Fieldays No 8 Wire 2010, Waikato Museum, national art award, hamilton nz". Archived from the original on 16 September 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010.