It is all about how a bow stores and dispenses energy. Compare a glassed Schulz longbow (the narrowest of all) to the original and current Stolers (the widest with very tapered limbs) and one will see that both will put out a very fast arrow considering the gentle amounts of back set. While some other choose to hinge the energy further from the tip, which requires a wider limb to be durable and save stability, which works just fine as well.
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I dont know if this is narrow enough or not, but I make 1.5" recurve limbs for my recurves. I find that width gives me a quieter bow than the 1.75" I used to make and more torsional stability in my design. Although a buddy of mine on another forum has told me I should try 1-n-5/8" width. He is a very good bowyer who makes some screamers.