The Sharpeners Jam began in 1998 with three sharpeners who decided to "jam" about their sharpening techniques comparing notes and tips. Originally the event was held in May on Memorial Day Week-end and moved the the last week-end in July. Each year approximately 100 sharpeners from throughout the USA and other countries gather to compete on the best idea to share with other sharpeners. Along with this activity there are workshops, presentations and vendors. In 2016 the Sharpeners Jam date was moved once again to April.