LST - Drop Point, Fine Edge
Now here's a knife with some mighty impressive roots. It was brought to market back in 1980 by none other than the man whose last name goes on each of our products. Pete Gerber was the first knife creator to envision the merits of using all-synthetic materials in the handle. He and knife designer Blackie Collins aimed to deliver lightweight performance that had not been seen before in a knife this all-out rugged.
The Gerber L.S.T. is the smoothest of operators. With a mechanical action that just feels good and satisfying when you open and close the blade, which happens to be made of 400 series stainless steel.
But lets get back to the topic of lightweight performance. The heaviest of the four legendary L.S.T. models musters a mere 1.2 ounces on the scales. Yet, when you feel that easy grip, there's no question that Pete Gerber's big idea is one for the ages.
- Overall Length: 6.1"
- Blade Length: 2.63"
- Closed Length: 3.61"
- Weight: 1.2 oz.
- Lock Mechanism: Lock-back
- Blade Style: Drop Point
- Blade Material: 420HC Stainless Steel
- Blade Type: Fine
- Handle Material Glass-filled nylon
- Lightweight synthetic handle
- Tactile textured handle
- Lock-back design
I bought one of these with the camo handles in 1987 for hunting. It is the sharpest knife I own, and the only one I have always carried with me on every hunting trip since I got it. I have tried field dressing deer with several other knives, including my Gator fixed blade with gut hook. I still keep going back to this one (augmented by the strap cutter from my LMF II Survival). At this point I will not stick my hand into a chest cavity with anything else in my hand but my LST. I bought my wife one right after we married in 1990, and I gave my daughter one when she started hunting with me.
As for quality . . . I know Gerber can still make a quality knife, based on what I see in my LMF II. Looking at this website, I see a lot of overpriced Chinese junk like the two Chinese Gerbers I carry for every day use. Go back to a smaller product line but build them like you built my LST, and you will have a winner.
LST is supposed to stand for "Light, Silent, Tough". I would describe mine as "Light, Simple, Tough" -- and that is why it is still with me.
The perfect EDC (every day carry) knife. Light and slim. Plastic handle and nothing protruding from the knife so it won't damage your cell phone or anything else in the pocket. Nice to have a simple lockblade that doesn't cost too much.
Perfect size, perfect shape, perfect weight, but stainless is too soft,. Still my favorite knife, I Iose one, I replace it. After 15 years, I'm on my 4th.
I have owned and still own 3 LSTs Great knives, still made in the USA and still great quality. I only wish you still made the LST II.
Great blade... though they don't make them like they used to!
Gerber, bring back the vintage colors!!! Listen to the people.
Look at the prices on Ebay that the vintage one's are going for and reissue. Thank us later.
Sadly not the same knife I bought in the 80s; not the same company either.
Best knife I've ever owned! Bought mine in the early to mid 1990s and has been in my pocket since. Take is camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, and everyday use. The design is flawless! Slim and light design make it a pleasure to carry around...did I mention it's slim! Lots of newly designed knives out there, but they are bulky. I decided to look at the website to see if Gerber still made it. Glad to see it is back. Gonna get a couple more in case I ever misplace the one I've had for 20 + years.
Yep, bought mine in 1989. Been in my pocket ever since. I once lent it to a guy and I came back into the room to find him pounding it through a strip of trim with a hammer. After I calmed down, I had a good look at it. Not a mark.
bought my 1st one sept 1992 - red handle - it is my favourite folder hands down - mine holds an edge just fine - form, function and price point it cant be beat
I got one of these in 1993, a few days before shipping out to Bosnia.
It was always in my combat uniform, consistently for the next 8 years.
Yes it needs sharpening, so I sharpened it regularly.
I still have knife the knife.
I still think it's great.
I've owned this knife for almost 20 years and it just won't quit. I've abused it and it just keeps giving. I'm writing this review while I'm on the website to buy my daughter her first knife for camping, and she's getting one of these. Just keep making this one, Gerber.
It sits on my desk, I use it to open my mail. thats about all its good for, soft steel. Just opening mail i sharpin it every month or so.For te gentleman above that caried one 30 yrs, there so many beter options for the price point.
I've carried an LST in my right pocket every day for the past 30
years. Even through airport security pre-2001. Open boxes, slice
fruit, jimmy something that is stuck --there isn't much that this
knife hasn't done.
I can find three of the four I have bought -- I loose one and then
replace it. Too bad the lifetime warranty doesn't cover loss!
I've had 2 of these for over 20 years, and they are very nice for backpacking. Very hard steel, that I sharpen with a Lansky sharpener. I really like them. Very light weight.
Perfect size, perfect design.... you just sharpen it every 10 minutes and you're good. Come on guys. Charge us a bit more for it, and make it out of something you might cut yourself on. Please.
Had This knife for many years and have never failed me. If I ever lost it, I would buy it again in a heartbeat!
PS. Keeps and edge very well. I've only ever sharped it once, and it was not necessary.
best pocket knife I have ever had, it has made it through many airport security checks by accident. This will be #4 since 1980.
I've owned more than my share of knives and I've found what suits me best, but this knife just didn't cut it, it is a wonderful idea (the synthetic body and what not) but the knife I bought couldn't hold an edge for anything, the steel was incredibly poor
I have a knife like this and I've had it for over 15 years but mine has a belt/pocket clip on the side does this knife have a clip also
Thank You for a GREAT product