Brought to market by none other than Pete Gerber himself, this little knife has a big history. With a handle completely constructed of all synthetic materials, it set a new standard in craftsmanship. Also featuring a 420HC blade and built in America, this classic can't be missed.
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.
Love this knife. I've had mine for almost 20 years. Clips perfectly in my pocket. The knife is "right-sized" for daily use, so don't let the small dimensions fool you. How much knife do you really need in your daily life anyway? I love the no-frills, unassuming look. Plus you can't beat the price. What's not to love? Buy it today, and you'll be writing the same review 20 years from now, too.
I've been carrying an LST in my pocket since 1983. Same one all the time. It's part of my "go to" EDC. I gave one to all of my assistants - some laughed at first. Then they all just came to understand just how "smart" the LST is. It just works - nothing fancy and it seems just "natural" in the pocket.
Don't let it's size fool ya; it is big enough.
Great knife, received it fir my 16th. birthday, thirty five years ago. carried as a primary for years, when I deployed went as secondary to my Gerber Mark 1, used lst to probe for mines, saved my butt. Still in my waist band to back up my concealed revolver. Blade profile more like a Texas toothpick now, but just from sharpening for years. Get It, Carry It.
I have been carrying this knife for at least 10 years. Lost it and found it again numerous times. I absolutely love it because It takes up no room at all in my pocket that is shared with an iphone. Never scratches the phone. I use this so much that I was afraid I might be without to long if I lost it again so I ordered another to stash in my drawer just in case. Thanks for making a great product.
The 2 inch LST is THE best pocket knife for women. Small enough to go in any pocket-built to take any abuse, do the job and look wonderful. Why can't I get more of the 2 inch size-I'd give them away at women's marksmanship classes!!!
There's only a few bargains left in this world and this is one of them. After having mine for 4 years or so, I finally really lost it. I wanted to get a fancier something, but after looking around... no. I'm going back to the best knife ever made. This is it.
bought one of these about 30 years ago in red, as my first knife. back when you could sell a knife to a 13 year old. still in great shape and holds a wicked edge. still tight perfect for everyday cutting tasks. thinking about buying another and putting this one away for one of my kids.
I received one over 20 years ago as a promotional item from a vendor and carried it every day until I eventually lost it. I bought a new one and shortly afterwords my son found the original knife in the sofa. I stil have both. I have through the years given 20 or more as gifts. They are getting harder and harder to find but there is a small hardware in our town that still carries it. They always keep a stock just for me around the holidays. I agree with John G, it almost has a cult following.
Back in 1986 my than college boyfriend (now husband) gave me this pocket knife as a gift in my favorite color -pink. I just love it. It's the perfect all around tool that's small & lightweight. It fits perfect on my key chain so it's always there for my needs. I also appreciate that it is made in USA and is of fine quality. I now have twin boys, who would like to have a pocket knife of their own, but I need it in different colors, since their dad's is black. I wish Gerber would consider making this pocket knife in different colors like they once did.
this knife if just all around great. it fits and sits in my change pocket of my jeans (tht tiny little front pocket thats basiclly in your pocket ) witchout a bother. im a bison farmer in the Great Big North. this knife had yet to let me down from plus 40 degrees to minis 40. did i mention it weighs nothing? also did i mention it cuts my fingers nicely when not paying attention? rope? no prob. bailer twine< my caring knife, my knife i eat with while n the field, this knife has no limits unless your hunting a bear lol
You can't ask for a better lightweight pocket knife. However, Gerber you lost me from buying my 2 sons this knife as they no longer come with the belt clip. Why? Bring back the clip, or at least offer it as an accessory.
OK, I've gone through 3 of these since the early 1980's and looking for another. Lost one off the deck of a boat halfway from Bermuda to DC, lost the other to airport security, and the third to a pissed-off girlfriend. But I wish you still made this with the serrated section of the blade. That was my last one but its not on this site any more!
Great knive, and I've owned the same one since 1992. Holds a fine edge, and the light weight is perfect as a pocket knife.
I bought mine at REI over 25 years ago. My Cruiser pack and Raichle boots are out of production and mine don't see much use anymore but my little Gerber is still a regular companion. It is great for hiking and mine rides in a nylon sheath on my belt when in uniform. I know of no lighter knife that is more useful. Over the years I have discovered several friends have them and we are all fans. Now I see that Jerry Miculek is too. This is a great product has created a cult following.
At 10 years old, after patiently completing the Boy Scout requirements for the Whittling Chip award, I finally earned the privilege of carrying my first pocket knife. Compact, simple, durable, the LST was the perfect knife for me.
Sadly, I lost the original knife (and many more) somewhere along the way, but the LST is still my go-to for everyday carry. In addition to its quality and functionality, its slim profile and non-threatening design make it usable without raising public alarm.
The knife has amazing lightweight handling and a satisfying opening and closing feel. Altogether Amazing!!!
This knife is amazing, the blade has absolutely NO wobble, it is extremely easy to sharpen, gets razor sharp and STAYS that way for a lot of uses. It is very lightweight and the lock is sure, and easy to disable.
I bought the limited edition 70th anniversary version this knife that was signed by Pete gerber in 2009 and this little folder is built like a tank with a very light weight! If you need a small inexpensive beast of a folder this is a great knife for you!
Bought one of these for backpacking for the weight. Was at first skeptical of he plastic handle but figured I would abuse it before I went out trusting it. That purchase was 3+ years ago. Carry it every day and love this knife.
I bought this model in the early 80's for mountaineering because it is very light. I have used it for everything, all over the world, including to open many metal cans. It still looks and works great. I use it pretty much everyday.
Years ago got my husband the all purpose tool this knife came with it...My husband has had many pocket knifes...BUT THIS ONE WAS HIS FAVORITE! He lost it, Now we are going to buy another....Tank Goodness Gerber still has it!
love it ... its my everywhere knife... got it from father-in-law when I first meet my wife back a few years ago but its still my most used gerber I own...
during the great recession, i bought 2 lst's i have\had one thats nice, i thought i would buy a american product, and sock it away before they started importing these, i was i lil late, the messed up part is they put a american state and city on the blade, which use to mean the country of origin?
I found one of these at an ice cream shop on the sidewalk outside 10 years ago. I didn't know what model it was until I found it on gerbers site which I browse on the occasion.it sharpens easily and is really light. The cutting edge itself is closer to 1.7 inches rather than the advertised 1.96. Not a big deal, it's not supposed to be huge. Bottom line; it does what it's supposed to do, be a small pocket knife to cut an apple or open a package.
I purchase this knife back in 1982 and it is still in great shape. Gerber makes great products.
This is a Wonderful lil knife ,Very Strong ,Sharp & easy to open , i love to give these as Gifts becuse i know im giveing my friends and family a good American product that will Last forever ..
I have had this knife for 15 years and I love it. It was my first knife my dad got me when I was 13, and I still carry it in my pocket every day. It's inexpensive enough to give to a child (or anyone) who is likely to lose it, good enough to last for many many years, and holds up to the abuse it sees from and adult, even at its age. It holds an edge well and sharpens very easily. Because its small it goes everywhere and does everything; I've never wished for a larger knife for my everyday tasks working as a biologist in the outdoors. It gets the job done. It opens so easily I bought one for my grandfather who was having trouble opening his knives and he loves it. The lock is solid and incredibly easy to close. I'm glad Gerber still makes this handy little knife, hopefully I'll be able to purchase one for my own child someday.
Best all around pocket knife I've ever owned. Compact, stays sharp and gets the job done. Accidentally dropped it once in the street. Found it the next day after it got run over by a car. Just cleaned it up a bit and it worked as good as new. Sad because I recently lost it on an outdoor excursion.
I bought my first one in the BX in Incirlik, Turkey in '85. I have lost a few of them but this is the ONE KNIFE that has been in my pocket since. The price is right so I always have a few extras on hand in case I misplace another one. Sure I have many other brands, and even a few custom knives. But this is my all time favorite.
ps. With all the hard use these knives have been through, and all the tight spots they have gotten me out of, I have never broken one! Five stars isn't enough for this little knife.
This knife is very good. It holds an edge very well, and cuts through squirrels like butter.
I had one of the originals a Stg. Give me when I worked at the local armory here and I had it for over 15 years and has served me well. U fortunately I was in a automobile accident last month and it was in my pocket of my overalls and it fell out somewher
I lost my orange scaled version of this knife and apparently they are no longer made. Too bad because it held an edge and was nearly perfect as an ultralight knife for my ditty bag.