Historically, the Roach Belly knife was a short blade with a pronounced upswept curve and a sharp point that saw popularity in 17th century Britain and the American Colonies. It was most likely named after the common Roach Fish, which had a similarly round curving belly.
Cold Steel®'s interpretation of this knife is a nod to the Black Powder Community, which has continued to appreciate the Roach Belly's economy, versatility and effectiveness. This version retains the profile of the original but incorporates the latest in modern materials for its construction. The hollow-ground blade is made of sub-zero quenched German 4116 stainless steel, expertly heat-treated to RC 56-57 and given a fine sharp edge that's easy to maintain. Instead of the traditional wood handle, Cold Steel®'s is made of tough injection-molded polymer, making the Roach Belly considerably more weatherproof than historical examples - not swelling, shrinking, rotting or cracking like its wooden counterparts.
The Roach Belly comes complete with a durable Secure-Ex® sheath, making it a breeze to carry all day or on extended hunting or camping adventures.
German 4116 Stainless Steel
4116 is a fine-grained stainless steel from Germany often used in the pharmaceutical Industry and in high-end kitchen cutlery. Its carbon and chromium content is balanced for excellent corrosion resistance and strength. Capable of taking a very fine, sharp edge, it makes an excellent choice for outdoor hunting applications. Cold Steel®'s 4116 stainless steel is sub-zero cryo-quenched for markedly increased strength, hardness and durability and superior edge-holding potential.
- Blade material: German 4116 stainless steel, cryo-quenched
- Overall length: approx. 21.6 cm
- Blade length: approx. 11.4 cm
- Blade thickness: approx. 2.5 mm
- Handle: approx. 10.2 long, high impact polypropylene
- Including Secure-Ex® sheath
- Weight: approx. 74 g
- Cold Steel® Product No.: 20RBC