55901Repost- Owner Review- Gerber LST Fine Edge lock-back knife
- Jul 31, 2004Owner Review- Gerber LST Fine Edge Pocket Knife
Personal biographical information
5'11", 180 cm
265lb , 120 kg
Aloha, Oregon, USA
I started backpacking as a kid in the Boy Scouts doing overnighters.
I used to hate it with a passion. In the last few months, I have
caught this bug that wants me to go out and see things that a
relatively few people have seen. This has drawn me back to
backpacking. I have found it to be the most enjoyable thing I know.
I have gotten my wife involved and we get out and hike at least once
a month. I generally carry about 40 lbs (18.14 kg) for a weekend
Weight- 1.3 oz
Dimensions- 3.5 in x 1.18 in closed (8.89 cm x 3 cm)
This is a folding lock-back knife with a synthetic handle. According
to the manufacturer, the design has remained largely unchanged since
its release in 1980. The blade has a drop point and a satin finish.
There is a nail slot for opening. It measures 2.56 in (65 mm)
according to the website. It is not clear whether this is from the
handle to the tip or the part that is sharpened, as there is area at
the base of the blade that is not sharp. I have measured my blade
and the sharpened area is 2.25 in (5.75 mm) after 18 years of use and
sharpening. The black handle, made of Zytel, has a checkerboard
design in the area where you would hold onto the knife and is smooth
over the remainder of the handle. According to the
website, they have changed to a "fiberglass-filled nylon"
The measurement of the length of the knife handle is equal to
the closed length and is 3.5in (89 mm). The handle is contoured to
fit in the hand so that the grip is sure. The knife has a hole at
the base of the handle that passes through the whole handle so that
it is easily attachable to a key ring or to a lanyard. I have never
had the knife slip when I have used it even with the smooth finish.
After 18 years of use the handle is scuffed and scratched, but no
deep gouged or cracks as of this date.
I have owned this knife since 1986 and it was purchased for
me when I was a Boy Scout. This is the only piece of equipment that
is still in service since my days as a Boy Scout. This is the one
piece of equipment that has been entirely reliable and is still going
strong. I have used this knife for all uses in the outdoors; cutting
rope, food, whittling, and screwdriver. I have totally abused this
blade and it holds a sharp edge like no other knife I have owned.
Since that time, it has held a spot in my pocket and I use it as a
pocketknife that I carry on an every day basis. I have tried to
destroy this knife so that I can buy a new one, but it just keeps on
Since I purchased this knife, I have found two designs that I
would like to have different from the current design. It has a nail
slot on the side of the blade that is designed for right-handers.
Being left-handed, I just grip the top of the blade on both sides and
open it. The mechanism is soft enough, when it is clean, to simply
grip the blade and with a flick of the wrist, the knife will open and
lock into place. I would not, however, recommend standing in front
of me while I do this. I have yet to have it fly out of my fingers,
but I am sure this is possible.
When looking for a knife that locks open, a big concern is
safety. This translates into making sure that the blade sits
securely against the lock lever. The Gerber LST impressed me because
when it is open, the seam from the lock lever to the blade is almost
invisible. Many other knives that I have looked at have little gaps
in this area or they don't meet flush. This is what finally sold
me on this knife. It is a precision joint that reeked of quality. I
have not been disappointed.
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