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Western Brands

How to Read Western Branding Irons


Western branding irons read from left to right, from top to bottom  and outside to inside. Terminology is merely to describe the design aspect of the letters and not a literal representation of the brand owner. 

Be sure to use the descriptions: over, under, left, right, between, offset, before, after, etc. 

when describing your Western Brand layout. 

Western Styles


  • Lazy is a letter laid on its side to the left or right.
  • Crazy is an upside down letter.
  • Reverse is a backwards letter.
  • Bar is a dash or line before, after, between, over or under the letters.
  • Combined is when 2 letters share a common side or upright.
  • Connected are when 2 letters touch.
  • Offset is when one letter is slightly lower and to the side of the other.
  • Hanging is when a letter is hanging from the bottom of another.
  • Rail is a back slash ( \ ).
  • Slash is a forward slash ( / ).
  • Quarter Circle is 1/4 of a circle above, right or left of letters.
  • Rocking is 1/4 of a circle below letters.
  • Swinging is 1/4 of a circle above and touching a letter.
  • Circle is a full circle around 1 letter.
  • Flying is a set of wings on either side of a letter.
  • Tumbling is when a letter is leaning left or right.
  • Rafter is a “roof” over the letters.

Our Standard Letters

The Standard Letters are the ones used in, not only our Original Steak Brands, but also the Livestock Duplication [Ranch] brands.  

Over the course of many years we have made the tools necessary to make a standard set of letters.  This photo shows what our letters look like.  These letters work fine for most of the brands that we make and makes it so that you don't have to pay extra for custom brands.

If the letters you want look different than these please email us at quotes@tbonebrands.com for a price on a Custom Steak Branding Iron.

T-Bone Brands Steak Branding Irons | standard letter set

T-Bone Brands Steak Branding Irons | standard letter set

How to Order Western Steak Brands

2 Letter Western Brand | How to Order T-Bone Brands Western Steak Brands

The Look | The Terminology

Our Western Brands are intended to look like traditional Livestock Brands.  They do not need to be a registered livestock brand design for us to make them.  And, NO, once made this does not entitle you to claiming it as a registered brand*. 

This is just a fun tool to use when grilling for family and friends.  

You may use a combination of the Western styles listed, however, don’t  choose randomly.  Keeping in mind that all the letters are 1.25" in height by approximately 1" in width, make a sketch on paper before you submit your chosen Western-style branding iron design.  When in doubt as to whether your brand is a “Custom” brand or a “Western” brand, please feel free to email us your design for clarification.  

Be sure to specify terms such as “over”, “under”, “before”, “after”,  "left", "right", “between” & “offset”.  

These terms will help determine placement of symbols and letters.   
Note that there is a difference between combined and connected. If your design cannot share a common upright [as combined letters] it will be produced as connected instead.  Intricate combinations can sometimes be done and fall under our “Custom brand" category.  

Please email your design for a quote.  Quotes@tbonebrands.com

* Livestock brand registration is a formal application process done by your state or county Department of Agriculture. 

Please Note

All Western branding irons use our standard letters only [1.25" high,  traditional san serif font].  If your design incorporates different letters or fonts you will need to submit your design for a Custom brand quote prior to ordering.   Quotes@tbonebrands.com


If you have a specific design in mind, please send a drawing via email.  Every state has its own terminology and brands can be read differently so..... 

if no drawing is submitted, your design will be left up to our interpretation.   Quotes@tbonebrands.com