Bill Yester – Knife Pimp, Retired Tin Knocker & Eternal Steel Genius

Knife pimp is an actual term, tin-knocker is a real thing, and Bill Yester is a real genius.

Yeb tvo-you maht! We have massive respect for this guy.

I bet you thought this was about custom Emersons.

Suckers.

Nope, it’s about Bill Yester. Bill Yeser is a retired Union sheet metal worker from Pittsburgh; his hands have built factories, skyscrapers and hospitals. Now he builds, fixes and pimps knives at his North Hills shop.

Custom knife maker and craftsman Bill Yester - @yester5

Bill Yester is one the best knife-pimpers in the business. Yes – it’s a real thing. If you really love the look of a custom Emerson, but don’t have a few grand to spend on one – there are a handful of folks who can build something for you.

Custom knife maker and craftsman Bill Yester - @yester5

Over the last several years, Bill has risen to the ranks of one of the most talented knifemakers on the planet.

Custom knife maker and craftsman Bill Yester - @yester5

Custom knife maker and craftsman Bill Yester - @yester5

Custom knife maker and craftsman Bill Yester - @yester5

Custom knife maker and craftsman Bill Yester - @yester5

When my blades shit the bed or I need something modified to a spec, I send it to Bill. A good example is my Emerson Commander – Bill installed Micarta scales for a better wet-grip.

  • Bill has studied the work of countless blade smiths – books, research, conversations.

Custom knife maker and craftsman Bill Yester - @yester5

  • Bill defines Integrity. He will never steal other’s idea or make something that would impact other folks’ knife business.
  • Bill’s workshop is dusty, gritty and full of aerospace-grade machinery. The precision of everything is mesmerizing.

Custom knife maker and craftsman Bill Yester - @yester5

  • His office is full of seemingly haphazard treasures. ill’s knife collection would make anyone jealous.

Custom knife maker and craftsman Bill Yester - @yester5

Custom knife maker and craftsman Bill Yester - @yester5

  • Bill is a Suspect. If you know, you know.

Custom knife maker and craftsman Bill Yester - @yester5

Custom knife maker and craftsman Bill Yester - @yester5

Custom knife maker and craftsman Bill Yester - @yester5

Custom knife maker and craftsman Bill Yester - @yester5

Custom knife maker and craftsman Bill Yester - @yester5

Custom knife maker and craftsman Bill Yester - @yester5

 

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Custom knife maker and craftsman Bill Yester - @yester5

Custom knife maker and craftsman Bill Yester - @yester5

You are welcome for the embarrassment, Sir.

Go Steelers.

Custom knife maker and craftsman Bill Yester - @yester5

Custom knife maker and craftsman Bill Yester - @yester5

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3 thoughts on “Bill Yester – Knife Pimp, Retired Tin Knocker & Eternal Steel Genius

  • March 11, 2019 at 8:40 am
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    How about a contact point? Thanks!

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  • January 12, 2019 at 5:25 pm
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    The man, The myth, The Legend!

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