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Gerber Lst

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by jvan, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. Mulerider


    Apr 18, 2008
    Yes, it can more than hold its own. I've been carrying the same LST daily for almost five years now. The blade lockup is still perfectly tight. It's the only Gerber that I own so I can't speak to the quality of their other models, but the LST is a great little knife.
  2. hatch


    Jan 13, 2012
    My best friend gave me a green-handled Gerber LST about 1980 which I believe is the year they came out, and it had the L.L. Bean brand on it. Designed by Pete Gerber, it was the first folding knife to have an all-plastic handle (no metal liners or bolsters). Lightest and slimmest knife I have ever owned, and I used it constantly on the job and on the trail and on the river. Had a Schrade similar but not quite as handy. Put a thumb stud on the Schrade, but the Gerber, I could pinch the blade with thumb and forefinger and push the handle away with one hand. Only fault I had with that knife, before it was stolen along with most of my others, was that it was so slim and light that I had to keep checking my pocket to make sure it was still there.
  3. wbnash


    Jan 23, 2014
    I am trying to track down one of the older orange LST 400s. Anyone have any leads on one out there?
  4. Lycosa


    Aug 24, 2007
    Me also.^
    Get an Orange KA-BAR Dozier Lightweight, to hold you over.
  5. Stelth


    Jul 15, 2007
    Bucklite is awesome too, but I wish it had a lanyard hole like the LST.
  6. Lycosa


    Aug 24, 2007
    I have an Orange 422.
  7. Revvie


    Dec 30, 1999
    I got my first LST from Pete Gerber to "try out" - a steel frame with ivory micarta scales - with rounded "derringertype" shape and mirror polished blade and a sort of maroon red model with more square shape - probably in the late 70's early 80"s - a fantastic knife that I used hard in Scouts as well as for EDC - It was replaced eventually with one of the more recent models before the pocket clip was an option. I still have them and now use the "pocket clip" model for lots of outings - whatever the "mystery metal" was - it held up to a lot of abuse and resharpened easily! I there are still some places that one can get LST models - but I think it is not as "cool" in the eyes of some as the Tactial stuff and assisted openers that are on the market today and it probably will not appeal to those who are looking for "designer steels"! IMO. I really liked that knife and I hope it does come back!
    Revvie I
  8. dePaul


    Aug 8, 2000
    The green scales look really nice. I have the regular black scaled version. Not too bad either :).



  9. dePaul


    Aug 8, 2000
  10. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    First of the year, we moved into a smaller place and my wife would like for me to get rid of all my extra stuff. Including my extra knives. :(

    I have an orange LST still in the box. It has been handled some but never carried. Not crazy about parting with it but, who knows. I have to dig through all my stuff to find it.

    Keep in touch with me.

  11. wbnash


    Jan 23, 2014
    sabre cat: Will do... Also you can stay in touch with me by direct email...

    Last edited: Aug 18, 2014
  12. Gurdygurds

    Gurdygurds Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 10, 2013
    Thread Bump! Well last night as I was exploring the inter webs I came across an article (https://blademag.com/knife-collecting/how-the-gerber-lst-changed-pocketknives-forever) on the Gerber LST. Loved the history lesson and started looking into it more. Found a few posts, including one by sabre cat, that mentioned that the older models had better build. So I found and pulled the trigger on an older orange model. Excited to give it some pocket time. Anyone still carrying one of these?
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  13. Stelth


    Jul 15, 2007
    I carry from time to time. I have a red-handled one and an all black one, plus two or three others.

    BTW: Thanks for linking to that great article .
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2019
  14. dalefuller

    dalefuller Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Well... since somebody's brought this one back to life... here's an LST that I bought probably in the early '90's. It went to work daily in a cabinet warehouse, then in a sporting goods warehouse. I "retired" it to my desk drawer for envelopes, plastic bags, etc. probably around 2005 when I replaced it with a BM 940 in 154CM. It's been livin' there ever since, just waiting to do its thing again. The lockup is still tight, the blade edge and serrations are sharp, and the blade still has no wobble when closed or open.
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  15. Yimes

    Yimes Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2018
    I received these two in a sale where I was really after the other knives in the package. Funny thing is these are the only knives from that package that are still with me. One of them in particular is one hand open and close, smooth action and screaming sharp.
  16. NMpops


    Aug 9, 2010
    Great thread. Came back from the dead twice! I have 7 LSTs . Two from the 80's, two from the 90's, one from around 2012 and two LST II's (the OHO model that was short lived). My only complaint is the checkering on the 2012 LST. They went to much smaller checkering that personally I do not like. I carry pne of them almost daily, they almost disappear in your pocket.
  17. BilboBaggins

    BilboBaggins Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 14, 2016
    That article led me to buy a Gerber bolt action here on the forums recently. Excellent read.
  18. Stelth


    Jul 15, 2007
    I still have the Bolt Action I bought back in 1987. I got the Parabellum a few years later. In the years since then I've since bought the filet knife and two other Bolt Actions. They're great knives. I wish they would remake them in G10 and with a more modern steel and a pocket clip.
  19. Gurdygurds

    Gurdygurds Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 10, 2013
    Well, this is going to be a catch and release for me. So any of you Gerber LST lovers, if you want an older production knife in the hard to find orange scales holler at me. I can't make a new sales thread until tomorrow so I'll give a sneak peak now. This thing is in crazy good condition. The action is soooooooo smooth and it locks up like a bank vault. Perfectly centered too. Really cool knife but I don't think I'd give it the love and use it deserves. Hopefully a true LST fan will give this a good home.
    [​IMG]Untitled by Six Pound Cat, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Untitled by Six Pound Cat, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Untitled by Six Pound Cat, on Flickr
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2019

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