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.
I carry my LST wherever I go, connected to a Photon Freedom keychain LED. The pair is easy to find in the pocket, and has better balance than either alone. I used to use a Spyder Ladybug, which may be a little easier to open when standing on a ladder, but I got tired of paying twice as much as the LST every time i gave one to TSA (doh!) And the lighter LST' is much keener and holds an edge much better. There's no Hollywood-tactical serrations to steal useful cutting length, and I love the way the LST's back lock pulls the blade the blade closed. From opening an Amazon package to de-burring cut tubing, the LST gets it done.
I have had this knife since June 2000. I won it in a blind knife swap from my great uncle. It was in good shape when I got it from him, but I do not know it’s age. I carried it daily for nearly 5 years (teenager into young adult). This knife has been through everything including one of my coworkers breaking the tip off of it by throwing it nose down on a commercial tile floor (never has anyone used one of my knives again since that day). My father regrouped the blade and shaped a new tip on it for me and I carried it for a few more years until I packed my bags for college. The knife went missing after that move and I thought it was lost forever. It always bugged me that I had lost that knife (blind knife swaps were a sentimental thing within my family). I found this knife about a month ago after another move. This knife had been stored it a unclimate controlled attic for 12 years and I am ecstatic to have finally found it again. The handle is in perfect condition and has become my primary carry once again. The blade is not perfect, but I have some serious history with this knife. I know this is not a high dollar knife but it is truly is my most favorite knife that I have ever carried. This is a slim simple knife that is perfect for EDC.
This little knife was on sale and I figured it would be a good lock back for my son to use in scouts. It is small, sharp, and easy to handle. It has held up to it's first summer. I hope it last a lot longer. I fear the handle will give way first being it is all plastic it seems. Time will tell. For the learning it has taught, Priceless
I got one of these while in holdover for jump school in april 1990. Had to turn it in at the start of jump school, forgot to go back & get it. Bought a new one when I got to Germany. It was dummy corded to my belt for the next 3 1/2 years I was in the army. I stuffed it in a drawer & forgot about it. Just stumbled across it a few days ago & will probably give to my son who is currently serving w/ the 101st Screaming Eagles.
I have had mine since 1991 it has been to every country I went from the Jungle to Sandbox and a few other places. It is like my companion I no longer carry it in the airport
and check it in when I fly ( to much red tape now) but pack in my checked luggage. I wish you still had them or something similar
I love this blade
I bought an original in around 1980 in the Pearl Harbour PX and brought it back to Australia. Lost it only last year and was absolutely devastated. Had it longer than my wife and found it even more useful.
This new one is as good and while not quite the same, is a great knife.
This has got to be the world's greatest knife. I own no less than six of these and constantly order more for gifts. I sure would love to have one of these twice the size of the existing one for other uses. Thank you Gerber!
I've had mine since the early 1990's when i worked as a sales clerk in a sporting goods store and got it from a sales rep after a product knowledge meeting. It's now a everyday carry, as important as my wallet and car keys. The reason that it is my go-to is because of the convenient clip.
Sharpened this knife with medium sharpmaker stones at 15 degree angle. Push cut lightweight magazine paper all the way through from top to bottom at fast speed. Just as sharp as any of my expensive knives, including those made in seki or sakai japan, and including all my benchmades knives. Pretty good knife for the money. Carry all the time due to it's light weight. Sometimes carry a bigger knife also.
Had this knife since 1986--been with me to China, India, Bosnia, Kenya, Tanzania, and all over the US (year round clipped to a climbing harness). Has Held up, can sharpen fairly easily and still holds an edge reasonably well, and weighs next to nothing. I cannot speak to current knives, but the one I got when I was still a kid has seen me through .
I've had one of these for many years. Still works perfectly, strong,tight lockup, blade still razor sharp. When I got mine it came with a clip that attaches via the lanyard hole, guess that's not included anymore?
This is not the same quality of knife I first purchased back in 1984 at Ft. Sill, Ok. I though I would retire my 32 year old orange LST so I replaced it with a new camo version.
The steel is 2mm thinner in both the blade and spring. There are now gaps along the spring that significantly weaken the locking and swivel mechanism.
The fit and finish between the blade and the spring are now just pitiful. Rounded edges and gaps are now a norm. The quality differences between my old knife and this new one are significant and pretty sad.
I realize there are now stronger blends of steel but that does not excuse the poor fit and finish quality.
This was once a great quality product. It is now a mediocre and cheaply made knife. Sharp....yes. As good as my old LST...not even close.
And why is there not pocket clip?
A sharp, and ready knife. Has been this way since I was a young boy. I give these out now as gifts regularly to people I appreciate.
Stays sharp, light yet basically indestructible, simple, solid and filets my sweet and dill pickles so thin I can see through them and make everything green. I own six of them now
The perfect pocket knife. I love that knife and Sometimes I forget to put it on my desk beside my bad and sleep with but no problem it's very safe.
I accidentally came into possession of this knife in 1988. Just lost it last October after 27 years. I had no idea it was still being produced until today and have purchased another. Best all purpose carry knife I have ever owned, and I have had several. Optional pocket clip may have saved me from losing it, Thanks Gerber
Nice knife but lacks the comfort of the LST II. I dont know what made you guys discontinue that style of knife. I'd by half a dozen at a time for work. It was the perfect size and fit great in my pocket. PLEASE bring it back!
I love this knife!!! I carry it everyday, everywhere. It keeps its razor edge through all kinds of cutting. I'm going to buy several more. My wife needs one. I want two for my hunting pack as spares, instead of a sharpener. At this size and weight, they're smaller and lighter... Great job, Gerber!
It's a nice little knife to have. Only flaw I've seen with it is it needs a pocket clip. Other than that its been a perfect little knife and one of the sharpest knives I've gotten out of the box.
I have carried one of this knife's for years. It lays flat in your pocked for when your carrying items that rest or rub against your leg. (Belt clip would be irritating.) Stays sharp and is not to expensive in the event that you lose it on the job site. Easy to open with one hand.
Please never stop making this knife. I buy at lease one every year.
I'm 27 and my dad has owned and carried one of these every day since before I was born. to this day it serves him well.
These knifes are awesome.
The perfect pocket knife. Perfect length, perfect handle, perfect blade, perfect weight. Made in Portland OR, not in China. A great value. I've bought one for each of my 3 boys and for my son-in-law.
I have had this knife since high school (graduated in 1987) and the knife is still as smooth and precise as the day I bought it. It is light but strong and disappears into your pocket so you don't feel like you are carrying anything at all. You can't go wrong with this one.
I've had a couple of these. Used to be when I lost a knife I'd try something different. Now I go straight back to the LST... No sense trying different things that will leave me unsatisfied (I learned my lesson when I lost my first). Keep making them, as long as there is a TSA I expect I'll keep needing new ones.
Have went through 3 or 4 of these knives due to my habit of giving them away. Everybody is surprised at the lightness of these little beauties. I have used them since inception. I am surprised at how tight and sharp they stay after years of use. They are truely the finest pocket knife ever conceived. Thank you Mr. Gerber.
Dear Gerber, Put a removable thumb stud and a four position/removable pocket clip on this and you will sell more. Sincerely, Free Marketing Assistance
The LST is my everyday carry knife....small and slim so it doesn't get in my way.
I have also used it to field dress every deer I have shot which is quite a few. The small blade is great in tight quarters....just what you want.
Tough and a great edge. You can take it from my cold dead hands.
I have had one of these since I was 17. Im now 44 and I still carry it every day. Lightweight with a great edge. Love it!
I've had my LST for about a year. Love everything about it except wish the blade had no wobble when opened. When sharpening a pencil, you can feel the blade wobble to the side. If the handles were a bit thicker, or perhaps if a rivet was used as the hinge pin, then the blade would not wobble at all. Review a close-up picture of the hinge pin to see what I mean. It's just a pin pressed through both halves of the plastic handle and held in place with friction. I still love the knife, especially because it is made in USA.
I've had one of these since 1984 and it has served me well. The blade is now only about an inch and a half long from the stone, but it still holds a razor sharp edge.
I got this knife some time in the 80s for Cub Scouts. It is still in my pocket to this day as my everyday knife (which you need in a Biochem lab more then you would think). Have never considered having to buy another pocket knife.
I, have owned an LST for more than 20 years. I own many other knives but this is is absoutely the best knife money can buy. It holds an edege better than a Buck, Case or any other knife that I have ever owned. I bought a 2nd one to put up incase I loose the original and will always carry a Gerber.
Some of our knives say they are made in USA. Others say nothing. Where is this particular knife made? I really hope it's made in the U.S.
The lightest, most useful, pocket knife on the market. I have carried this knife daily for more than three decades.
Unfortunately, I have had to "self surrender" this knife at numerous security checks, most recently at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden.
As long as this knife is made, I will carry it.
I have a small black LST that my grandfather gave me. It's put away because I would hate to surrender it at an airport or stadium or the like. I just lost my everydayer. Lightweight so it doesn't tug my pocket. Distinctive feel so I don't confuse it with keys or thumb drive. Will get another if I can't find mine.
Been carrying one since 1986. In daily use opening plastic wrapped everything, also at lunch, just forever useful.
I bought another, recently, same price but not same quality. What happened, Gerber? Made in China?? Won't hold an edge. I still use the original one.
I have owned this kniffe for at least 15 years. It is the perfect everyday knife for general use. I work in a shipping dept. You can imagine how many packages I have opened with this knife.
The Gerber LST has been my constant companion for 26 years. Yeah, I tried other knives, but always went back to the LST. My first LST went 17 years, only to go MIA (lost).
Lightweight and extreme durability make this a prefect Every Day Carry (EDC) pocket knife. Also, I can easily open and close the knife one handed. The solid lock back design helps keep you safe. A lanyard hole allows you to keeps it secure on water or rough terrain. I use an Arkansas Stone to keep the stainless steel blade sufficiently sharp. I’ve never had a problem with rust.
Of course they make great gifts.
Thanks Pete & Blackie for creating this great knife! And I'm happy to see it still in production. Keep it up.
Mine have been made in the U.S.A.
I hope that continues now, and into the future.
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.
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