There are TWO types of LMF's. First there is the LMF II Infantry which is made of 420HC steel and the LMF II Survival has 12C27 steel. I do not know how these two steels differ, but I'd like to know.
As for TP, it depends heavily on what model of a Gerber knife you bought. Some of Gerber's products are made in China, some not. For example, the Gerber Bear Grylls line and especially the "ultimate survival knife" are made in China and do not stand up to what they are advertised to be able to handle. The handle of the knife has broken with several different customers who have bought it. However, the LMF II has had extreme torture tests done on it where it does everything it is advertised to do and more. Look at knifetests.com and check out the beating they give it. I am going to buy one because I found it for around 70 bucks. I don't know a knife that is as versatile as this one, that is as strong, for that price. If you are talking about multitools however, then that is a different problem entirely. I have never owned a multitool that has worked they way it was supposed to for even a decent amount of time. I mean, within months, they broke. This is across a lot of brands. I spent a lot of money on them, they didn't get the use I expected and they didn't hold up. They didn't last even 3 months and I didn't use them everyday. That is the reason why I don't care for them.
However, read reviews of the LMF II. Users, for the most part (can't please everyone) love the knife. It has been used in combat in Iraq and probably Afghanistan too. It is great for what it is.
But, I don't think you could really compare the two knives. First, the CS Recon is 2 or 3 inches longer than the LMF II. Then the CS is also more expensive. So it is sort of like comparing apples and oranges because the price, size, and purpose of the knives are not really close. People complain that the LMF isn't a good chopper, but they don't think that it is only a 4.8 inch blade.