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

Cold Steel Roach Belly Fixed Blade Knife (4.5" Satin Plain) 20RBC Knife Image Thumb
Cold Steel Roach Belly Fixed Blade Knife (4.5" Satin Plain) 20RBC Knife Image Thumb
MSRP: $20.95
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Item #BHQ-10139
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Specifications

  • Overall Length:8.50"
  • Blade Length:4.50"
  • Blade Thickness:0.11"
  • Blade Material:Stainless Steel
  • 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
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Specifications

  • Overall Length:8.50"
  • Blade Length:4.50"
  • Blade Thickness:0.11"
  • Blade Material:Stainless Steel
  • 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
Description

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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Customer Reviews

When you are more interested in function than bling
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Thomas L.
01-19-2022
The Cold Steel Roach Belly, Pendleton Hunter Lite, and Canadian Belt Knife series offer amazing values. Super steels, milled handles, and hand-tooled sheaths are all wonderful, of course, but when it comes right down to it these tools get 'er done.

you don't need a bushcraft knife to dress and skin a deer or a pheasant, so why pack the weight and pay the freight? Treat them right and you have a friend for life. Have a friend in need? Gift one of these and don't worry about how it will be treated. Life is good!
FANTASTIC BUDGET-FRIENDLY BLADE!
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Nate W.
09-08-2021
I bought this knife in February of 2021 and I am glad I did! My expectations were not high but they were merely for a functioning tool, and they got blown away! This knifeís handle is ergonomic and the texturing on the polypropylene is just right! I wore it as my belt knife when I went camping and hiking and the sheath it comes with works surprisingly well. It makes a great knife to carve with while sitting around the campfire. It also does food prep fairly well. The blade shape is perfect for fishing and hunting as well! It works amazingly for gutting fish as well as cleaning frogs and field-dressing game. This knife is super light and it would make a great backpack hunting knife. This knife is a great kayak fishing knife because the hollow grind cuts line with ease and it makes quick work of turning shad or mullet into cut-bait. I also carried this blade as my EDC knife for nearly the entire summer and it just flat out performs! I carried this knife on my belt during family vacation and it did everything it needed to do from cutting large pizza slices in half to cutting para-cord to make a clothesline to dry out or suits and towels. It was never uncomfortable even in the central Florida heat. I even wore it for the first day of our drive home and had no problems. The 4116 is not a super steel by any means but it takes a super sharp edge and holds it pretty well, especially if you convex it slightly on a fine stone. It does require the occasional hone on a ceramic rod or strop but that is not a problem for me! In Conclusion, I love this knife.
When your tired of mora.
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Renae B.
07-31-2017
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.
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Description
Specifications
Reviews

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.

Read More
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Specifications

  • Overall Length:8.50"
  • Blade Length:4.50"
  • Blade Thickness:0.11"
  • Blade Material:Stainless Steel
  • 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
When you are more interested in function than bling
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Thomas L.
01-19-2022
The Cold Steel Roach Belly, Pendleton Hunter Lite, and Canadian Belt Knife series offer amazing values. Super steels, milled handles, and hand-tooled sheaths are all wonderful, of course, but when it comes right down to it these tools get 'er done.

you don't need a bushcraft knife to dress and skin a deer or a pheasant, so why pack the weight and pay the freight? Treat them right and you have a friend for life. Have a friend in need? Gift one of these and don't worry about how it will be treated. Life is good!
FANTASTIC BUDGET-FRIENDLY BLADE!
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Nate W.
09-08-2021
I bought this knife in February of 2021 and I am glad I did! My expectations were not high but they were merely for a functioning tool, and they got blown away! This knifeís handle is ergonomic and the texturing on the polypropylene is just right! I wore it as my belt knife when I went camping and hiking and the sheath it comes with works surprisingly well. It makes a great knife to carve with while sitting around the campfire. It also does food prep fairly well. The blade shape is perfect for fishing and hunting as well! It works amazingly for gutting fish as well as cleaning frogs and field-dressing game. This knife is super light and it would make a great backpack hunting knife. This knife is a great kayak fishing knife because the hollow grind cuts line with ease and it makes quick work of turning shad or mullet into cut-bait. I also carried this blade as my EDC knife for nearly the entire summer and it just flat out performs! I carried this knife on my belt during family vacation and it did everything it needed to do from cutting large pizza slices in half to cutting para-cord to make a clothesline to dry out or suits and towels. It was never uncomfortable even in the central Florida heat. I even wore it for the first day of our drive home and had no problems. The 4116 is not a super steel by any means but it takes a super sharp edge and holds it pretty well, especially if you convex it slightly on a fine stone. It does require the occasional hone on a ceramic rod or strop but that is not a problem for me! In Conclusion, I love this knife.
When your tired of mora.
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Renae B.
07-31-2017
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.
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