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Sad to hear Ray Johnson passed away.

Brandon Buford

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I don't know if any of you know him, but he was the bladesmith at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. As a kid, I was captivated watching him make knives. His knives were not the prettiest, but they were so functional. Through the years, I would spend time talking with him and just listening. Then as an adult with my own kids, I finally got a forge and was able to show him one of my knives.


I will miss him.

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It's always a big loss when an old time bladesmith passes and it's that way with the loss of Ray as well. Ray told me the day that he was sent home from work that he had no fear of death but only the path getting there and got his wish as he died only 36 hours after leaving work. I hope that when my time comes that I can work right up to the end the same way.


I'll miss you, Ray. The knife world will be diminished with your passing.


I'll ring the anvil for you.



Edited by Gary Mulkey




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  • 4 weeks later...

I heard about him, very sad, I watched him and talked to him at Silver Dollar City as well. The anvil I have was bought from one of the other bladesmiths at Silver Dollar City his name was Dennis Smith, he's the one who makes all the RR spike knives.

Rest in peace Ray.

“If you trust in yourself. . . believe in your dreams. . . and follow your star. . . you will still get beaten by the people who have spent their time working hard and learning things, the people who weren't so lazy.” ~ Terry Pratchett


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