Sharpeners Jam Schedule

Sharpeners Jam Schedule

Updated April 20, 2020 

Sharpeners Jam 2020 Schedule

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Times and speakers are subject to change. Presentations will be LIVE STREAM from

Some presentations may be prerecorded and shown live with live chat questions and answers from the educators other presentations will be live in actual time. 

There will be Live auctions of Bonika “Garage Sale” items between speakers as well as door prizes.

Please send your photo if you participate at any time in the Jam so we can create a composite photo for all.

Length of presentations are unknown as present. A more precise schedule will be available soon. 


Saturday May 16th

12:00 Noon Welcome and presentation by Bonika Shears.

Saturday Presentation -1: Sharpening Clipper Blades by Josh Davis  Learn Josh’s method for sharpening clipper blades. This class will be great for those sharpening clipper blades now, beginners or those considering sharpening blades. Josh is the co-owner of Clipper Pros in Buford, GA with his wife of 23 years, Lindsey.  He retired from the U.S. Army as a First Sergeants after 21 years of service and decided that small business ownership was for him. Josh sharpens clipper and trimmer blades and repairs clippers while his wife sharpens all the shears that come into the shop.  He spends a lot of time studying clipper blades and different sharpening techniques in order to provide his customers with the best possible sharpening and his students with the best possible education.

Saturday Presentation -2: To Be Announced by Dennis Brooks Dennis is the owner of Sharp Edges Sharpening Service and Hamaguri USA Convex Shear Sharpening System in Illinois. He is a second generation sharpener since 1995 and has numerous certifications in both shear and blade sharpening.

Saturday Presentation -3: Sharpening for Groomers by Jeff Andrews  Jeff began his career as a groomer who sharpened his own equipment and now operates a high volume sharpening business in Mobile, AL. He writes an on-going blog that is popular among sharpeners and groomers. 

Saturday Presentation -4: A to Z Strategies by Jack Stein. Learn branding and marketing and use of social media to help an expert sharpener create loyalty and interaction from his customers to increase his business.  Jack of SUPERIOR EDGE is a brand and marketing strategist from the Chicago area with 23 years sharpening experience.  With 2 online turnkey businesses besides sharpening, his love for people, sharpening, and the ramping up of a business has motivated him to use his years of experience to develop a professional presentation and business model that he is willing to share with all of our sharpeners.   


Sunday May 17th

12:00 Noon Presentation of Best Ideas Contest. Voting online at Sharpeners Jam. All votes must be in by 6 AM Monday May 18th. (note this is a change from the previous announcement)

Sunday Presentation  1: Sharpening Cuticle Nippers and Other Manicure Tools by Lois Raposo  Lois is the official service provider in Spain for 6 major shear brands. He is the author of weekly post for hairdressers and is a member of the International Scissors Sharpeners Association. He provided the Spanish translation for “DIY Shear Care and Repair for Stylist Shears” which sells on Amazon.

Sunday Presentation  2: Sharpening Everything Else on a Flathone by Jim Turner Jim is a third generation sharpener from Gaffney SC. He has been a attended nearly every Sharpeners Jam and has been a frequent and popular contributor as an educator and innovator with his "Git'R Done" attitude toward sharpening.

Sunday Presentation 3: Class to be Announced by Jim O'Donnell - Jim is the publisher and editor of the popular On The Edge Newsletter read worldwide by sharpeners of shears and clipper blades. Jim has been a sharpening trainer for decades and has a popular on-line blog and Youtube. 

Monday May 18th

12:00 Noon Winners Announced! 

Monday Presentation  1: Clipper Blade Advanced Sharpening by Brandon Smart    Brandon is an expert in clipper blade sharpening and all things sharp. He works at EdgePro with Jason Sturm and is one of the top authorities on clippers

Monday Presentation 2: Sharp Marketing Talk by Judy Brenner  This is a vital 32 minute presentation with time for questions and ansewers afterwards via chat. Judy Brenner, author and marketing speaker, runs Sharpeners Report, a newsletter (digital and mailed), serving the industry since 1981. offers SharpFest videos, How-To books on niche sharpening sectors, and a free news blog on its web site, as well as monthly free Ebulletins.

Mondy Presentation 3. Shear Sales in a Bad Economy by Gene Megowan - Gene Megowan is the national sales manager for Bonika Shears. Gene had many years in sales with a fortune 500 company as a territory rep. As Bonika Shears grew into a family business, Gene took on the marketing. His Masters Degree dissertation with Phoenix University was in the market feasibility of the first Bonika Shear. He has developed a non-pressure sales method for presenting Bonika Shears to the stylists that has increased sales, but even more so has resulted in high repeat and referral sales. Gene teaches marketing techniques to sharpeners and shear distributor and has innovated techniques that have been copied by others in the industry. 

Monday Presentation 4: Sharpening German Shears on the Flathone by Bonnie Megowan - Bonnie will present how she sharpens both beveled and convexed edge shears based on her training at the factory in Germany last summer. Bonnie  is the founder and owner of Bonika Shears, as well as, an award winning shear sharpener. She is the only woman to achieve the highest score in the National Beauty Tool Sharpeners Guild Master Certification. Bonnie is the inventor of the Coil Comb for creating twists and dreads and a contributor to various publications and text books. She can be seen in numerous educational videos for stylists and sharpeners and is a sought-after guest speaker at cosmetology schools, sharpening conventions, webinars and hair shows throughout the United States and abroad.