Before reaching their destination. Captives who were still alive were branded for identification purposes. These branding techniques were often gruesome and painful and left a few slaves dying. Some were cut using sharp objects such as blades, knives, broken bottles, glass or mirror. Others were branded with hot irons while others had names of ships inscribed into their skin with hot objects. The process led to over bleeding and death and wounds were left open without healing causing infections that resulted in death.