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2018 Sharpeners Jam Schedule

Updated March 14, 2018


 April 14, 2018 Saturday (NOT FREE)


Best Western Plus – ATL Airport meeting rooms

8 AM – 9 AM Registration and distribution of hotel vouchers and lunch vouchers

9 AM – Noon – Hotel Meeting Rooms on each floor next to the elevator

  • Aligning Shears: Bending, Hammering and Twisting. - Dennis Brooks of Sharp Edges Instructor. Learn how to correct the set in shears through various methods as used in the factories. His is a hands-on class. Bring any tools you might have to create set in your shears. Tools are available to use in the class.
  • Sharpening Clipper Blades. Jason Sturm and Brandon Smart of the Edge Pro Instructors. This is a refresher or introductory class on sharpening clipper blades. Sharpening will be done on the Nebraska Blade Clipper Hone.
  • Introduction to Sharpening Surgical and Clinic Tools. Dean Koeneman of DK Industries - KY Instructor. Learn basic surgical sharpening using flathone and other equipment. This is an introductory class with an overview of the opportunities in this field. You will learn some hands-on sharpening you can use in the small clinic and veterinary office.

12 – 1PM Lunch Free for VIP or $11.00

1 PM – 4 PM

  • Sharpening Shears on the Flathone. Bonnie Megowan of Bonika Shears - Atlanta: Great refresher course or introductory workshop. Bring your flathone and waterstone or arrange to buy or borrow at the show. Emphasis is on the convex edge shear although other types of shears will be addressed as well.
  • Challenge Blades Workshop. Jason Sturm & Brandon Smart of The Edge Pro - IA: Learn how to correctly sharpen the 5n1 blade, trimmers, adjustable blades, large animal blades and more.
  • Sharpening Curves, Thinners and Texturizers. Lou Gean of The Sharper Side - Illinois: Learn the secrets of correctly sharpening three of the most difficult of all types of shears to sharpen.

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Sneak Preview Bargain Table Gold Level Sharpeners and VIP Sharpeners

4:30 PM - 8:00 PM Vendor Room Set up

5:00 PM Dinner on your own

5:00 PM – 6:15 PM NBTSG Blade Sharpening Certification 

6:30 PM – 8:45 PM NBTSG Shear Sharpening Certification 

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM How to sell shears to hair salons. Gene Megowan of Bonika Shears – Atlanta FREE




April 15, 2018 Sunday FREE


7:45 – 10:30 Registration and distribution of lunch vouchers – entrance to the Ballroom

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM Vendor Room Set up

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Worship and Inspiration location TBA 

Best Western Plus Ballroom 

9:00 AM – 9:55 AM Vendor Room & Bargain Table

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM JAM BEGINS Welcome and Introduction of the Vendors and Speakers  

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM  Sharpeners Jam - Share Ideas Competition  

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Vendor Room , Lunch Free for VIP or $11


2:10 PM – 3:00 PM Sharpeners Jam - Share Ideas Competition  Continued

3:00 PM – 4:15 PM Sharpening Shears on the Scimech HD Flathone Bonnie Megowan

4:15 PM – 5:20 PM Vendor & Bargain Table

5:30 PM Meet in lobby for car-pooling to TOP GOLF

6:00 – 10:00 PM Top Golf game and buffet dinner. $50.00 or free with your VIP Directions link http://mapq.st/2EysYQz


April 16, 2018 Monday FREE


Best Western Plus Ballroom 

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Vendor Room Open

10:00 AM – 10:20 AM Winners Circle Jam Winners Announced (must be present to win)

10:20 – 10:30 Break and check out of your room

10:30 – 10:45 AM Dani Roeher – Best Banking and Finance organization for Sharpener Businesses.

10:45 – 10:50 Don Kimenker of Coast to Coast Sharpening - NJ-CA: Organizing your client lists and setting appointments

10:50 AM – 11:00 AM David Finete of Finetech - Atlanta: Credit Card Processing Knowhow and Pitfalls

11:00 – 12:00 Panel Discussion and business questions for the experts

Jam is over


Final vendor room bargains as vendors pack.


1:30 PM – 4:15 PM Semi private classes for sharpening.


  • Sharpening Curves, Thinners and Texturizers. Lou Gean of The Sharper Side - Illinois: Learn the secrets of correctly sharpening three of the most difficult of all types of shears to sharpen. Extra $126