Cold Steel 20RBC Roach Belly Knife. The historical Roach Belly knife 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. Our 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, ours is made of tough
Polypropylene, so itís impervious to the elements and wonít swell,
shrink, rot or crack the way wood does.
The Roach Belly comes with a deep pouch style black Cordura sheath. It
has a generously sized belt loop and also converts readily to being worn
as a neck knife.