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Old 10-06-2012, 07:00 PM   #1
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I have been looking for a throw away skinning knife. The Cold Steel Roach Belly fills the bill. It is a very agile and easy to handle knife. It only took a few minutes with a ceramic rod to get the Roach belly shaving sharp. The sheath has no retention strap. I will get a piece of Velcro to rivet on the sheath.
Edit: There is no need for a retention strap on the Roach Belly. The handle will slide down into the case. Unless a deer hangs me upside down I will not lose the Roach Belly.
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/439302/cold-steel-roach-belly-fixed-blade-knife-425-drop-point-4116-krupp-stainless-steel-blade-polypropylene-handle-black
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Handle Material: Polypropylene
Blade length: 4.5"
Blade Thickness: .1"
Blade Steel: 4116 Krupp Stainless Steel
Rockwell Hardness: 56-57



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Old 10-06-2012, 10:59 PM   #2
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Krupp's is not a super steel but the roach belly is definitely worth what you pay for it. I have a CRKT Ultima in Krupp's that has held a fair edge with occasional fun slicing. It's a knife I won't use often as it is intended for very serious tasks but it should do well when it does see action...

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The Roach Belly does well as a skinner. But when butchering it doesn't take a lot of contact with bone to lose its edge. I skinned two deer with the roach belly without sharpening it. But when deboning hindquarters it needed sharpening after each hindquarter. Not a full sharpening but it did need a good touch up to strip the pelvic bone easily.

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