"They never sold him the brand though, did they?"
Hashknife brand
Creative Commons AttributionHashknife brand - Credit: Alan Levine

The Hashknife brand originated in Weatherford, Texas, in the 1870s. The design was inspired and named after the knives used by cattle camp cooks to cut beef and vegetables into cubes to make hash. 

A major advantage of using this design for a brand was that it was difficult for rustlers to superimpose another brand on top of it.