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Tuition/Summa PR


For immediate release.

Contacts: Rod Bremer, Lindsey Phelps, 1-800-891-3100 or 503-685-5015

Fax: 503-682-9680 E-mail:

Tualatin, Oregon, U.S.A.— January 19, 2010

The popular CRKT® Tuition® and Summa® are work knives featuring

premium blade steel and hand-shaped Micarta® scales. They offer

custom quality and materials at an incredible price.

Young knifemaker Gerry McGinnis is not well known– yet– in the cutlery world. But he will

be as the word gets out about his production Columbia River Knife & Tool® (CRKT®)

Tuition® and Summa® knife designs. These two locking liner folders offer the materials and

quality usually found only on custom knives costing many times as much.

Both knives are offered with Razor-Sharp edges or our exclusive combination patented*

Veff™ Serrations for fastest cutting through rope, twine, netting, and vegetation. As a business

student in college, Gerry thought these CRKT designs should be named after words that are

foremost on his mind right now.

The Tuition® is a compact and powerful work knife that is just right for shop and outdoor

tasks. The broad sheepsfoot 2.88” blade has a high hollow grind that gives fast cutting,

accurate trimming and excellent tip strength. Blade steel is premium 8Cr14MoV stainless steel

in a satin finish.

One-hand opening is fast using the friction-grooved flipper, which also acts as a blade guard

when open. Our stainless steel InterFrame build is exceptionally rigid, and features hand-

shaped black and green layered polished Micarta® scales. While stubby, the Tuition handle is

shaped for grip, swelling at the palm and offering a deep finger choil that transitions into the

flipper blade guard, plus thumb friction grooves. The custom stainless steel pocket/gear clip in

satin finish is removable.

The larger Summa® is a sleek, full-size folder with a 3.75” drop point blade of 8Cr14MoV

stainless steel with a very high hollow grind. The Razor-Sharp model 1165 has a satin finished

blade, while the Summa® T 1166K offers tactical black oxide coating for maximum corrosion

resistance, with our exclusive combination Veff™ Serrations. For fast either-hand opening, just

press the flipper.

Both Summa models feature an open InterFrame build with stainless steel liners, hand-

shaped black and blue layered polished Micarta scales, and a rigid Zytel® back spacer. The

liners and custom removable stainless steel clip receive a blue titanium nitride coating, for an

effect that is cool and understated.

At CRKT, we have never produced a knife based on eye-appeal alone, but the graceful and

sinuous shape of the Summa, almost uninterrupted by studs or hardware, is one of the most

attractive we have ever manufactured. Everything is just right: look, feel, balance, grip and



MSRP for the Tuition models is only $49.99, while the Summa models are priced at


The Summa T is available in retail clampack packaging.

*U.S. Patent No. D559,939


McGinnis Tuition®


Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge


Combined Razor-Sharp & Veff Serrated Cutting Edge


Length: 2.88” (73 mm)

Thickness: 0.12” (3.1 mm)

Steel: 8Cr14MoV, 58-59 HRC


Handle length: 3.75” (95 mm)


Overall length: 6.63” (168 mm)


3.4 oz. (96 g)


$49.99 US

McGinnis Summa®


Satin Finish Blade, Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge

McGinnis Summa® T


Black Oxide Blade, Combined Razor-Sharp & Veff Serrated Cutting Edge


Length: 3.75” (95 mm)

Thickness: 0.12” (3.0 mm)

Steel: 8Cr14MoV, 58-59 HRC


Handle length: 4.88” (124 mm)


Overall length: 8.50” (216 mm)


3.6 oz. (102 g)


$59.99 US

All CRKT knives are protected by the CRKT Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Columbia River Knife & Tool is dedicated to producing knives, tools, and accessories

of uncompromising quality and selling them at affordable prices. CRKT products are

distributed through specialty retail, sporting goods and cutlery stores that offer customers

knowledgeable service and are available from or other reputable web site


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