Cold Steel Roach Belly Fixed Blade Knife (4.5" Satin Plain) 20RBC

MSRP: $20.95
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Item #BHQ-10139


  • Overall Length:8.50"
  • Blade Length:4.50"
  • Blade Thickness:0.10"
  • Blade Material:4116
  • Hardness:56-57 RC
  • Blade Style:Drop Point
  • Blade Grind:Scandi
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.00"
  • Handle Material:Polypropylene
  • Color:Black
  • Weight:2.60 oz.
  • Sheath:Polymer
  • Knife Type:Fixed Blade
  • Brand:Cold Steel
  • Model:Roach Belly
  • Model Number:20RBC
  • Country of Origin:Taiwan
  • Best Use:Hunting
  • Product Type:Knife


The Cold Steel Roach Belly is designed after the historical Roach Belly knife, which was a short blade with a pronounced upswept curve and a sharp point. It was most likely named after the common Roach Fish, which had a similarly round curving belly. It was known in 17th century Britain and quite common in the American Colonies because it was inexpensive and versatile.

Cold Steelís interpretation of this knife is a nod to the Black Powder Community, which has continued to appreciate the Roach Bellyís economy, versatility and effectiveness. Cold Steel's version retains the profile of the original but incorporates the latest in modern materials for its construction. The hollow ground blade is made of 4116 Krupp Stainless, expertly heat treated to Rc 56-57, and given a fine sharp edge thatís easy to maintain. Instead of the traditional wood handle, Cold Steel's is made of tough Polypropylene, so itís impervious to the elements and wonít swell, shrink, rot or crack the way wood does.


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When your tired of mora.
Renae B.
If you don't want a scandi grind blade and don't want to spend a whole lot this is a solid choice.

Cons: It "feels" cheap, but only feels that way.

Pros: The price point vs value, at $12 you'll be hard pressed to find a functional, worthwhile knife that's not a scandi grind morakniv. Steel, 4116 has an unfair reputation as mediocre steel, it's better the aus-8, 420 or 440c, any cr-mov steels and is approaching 14c28n or vg-10 (at least cold steels cryo quenched version is). It's fit and finish is good. It comes with a plastic morakniv type sheath. The blade shape is good. It's super light for a full sized knife.

Neutrals: The grip might be small, but I wear size L gloves and have no issues. The blade is thin, but I really, really don't like too thick blades. Look, this knife costs the same as two happy meals so your going to get your money's worth, but it is a solid knife that can perform like a good mora alternative.