Because Wicked Edge sharpening systems clamp knives by the blade, there can be a limitation as to how low an angle can be used when sharpening small knives: the stones can contact the sharpener’s vise before they touch the edge of the knife. For the stones to clear the vise at the sharpener’s minimum angle setting, the knife should be clamped so the edge is at least 5/8” above the top of the vise. To achieve the maximum angle range the Wicked Edge offers, your knife should be at least ¾” in width, measured from spine to edge – 1/8” of blade clamped in the vise and 5/8” of the blade sticking out above it.
Solutions to sharpening small knives:
There are several solutions to choose from when you’re trying to sharpen knives that do not meet the height requirement: