The sale is conducted by J. Bruce Voyles, Auctioneers, Inc.
Tennessee auctioneers license #4860

If you are viewing these terms at the online bidder registration page,
you will need to read them and scroll down to click that you agree to these terms before you proceed.

IMPORTANT NOTICE ON IVORY HANDLED KNIVES: Note: The legality of elephant ivory and even mastodon ivory is in flux from state to state. If your state bans ivory or mastodon ivory as they have done in NY, NJ, and CA we will not ship there. If Federal regulations change during this auction the bidding and transaction are subject to cancellation).


Buyers premium
Buyers Premium is 13%.   If you pay by check, cash, money order, or wire transfer, you get a reduced buyers premium—your buyers premium is 10%

Bidding increments have changed.
We still require minimum increments at different levels. $5 bids between $5.00 and $50.00, $10.00 bids between $50 and $200.00.  However you may bid more than the minimum increment as well, in odd amounts. The active live bid is the base for the increment--not the UP TO. Please click here for more info on how this works for this auction.

A bid on a lot will extend bidding on ONLY THAT LOT for 3 minutes. 

IMPORTANT: When you open the bidding section, the page will show 20 lots.  If you bid on ANY knife on that page, you must scroll back up to the top and click on  “SUBMIT BID (S)” BEFORE you go on to view other lots on other pages or your bids will not enter the system. Bids in the lead will show up in RED.


Other stuff:
When you bid for the first time in a new auction the program will call up all your info and ask you to confirm that your address, email, etc. are still correct. Once you have submitted those, YOU STILL HAVE TO GO BACK OUT AND LOG IN AGAIN IN ORDER TO BID. After this initial set-up for the first time in each auction, you will only have to log in one time for the remainder of the auction.  

In fact your bids will be posted a bit slower as we’re adding a middleman to the process and will be entering you into the online system ourselves.  We accept bids for callers primarily as a convenience for our bidders who are not connected to the internet. Phone bids end 30 minutes prior to the closing of the first lot in the auction.

You must register via online if you want to bid online. You must sign in with your sign-in name and password before you can start bidding.


You will not be able to cancel a bid once it has been submitted on the auction website. This is done because other bidders may have acted based on a bid you have submitted. You will need to contact us if it absolutely necessary to cancel a bid.

SPECIFIC TERMS: All knives sold as collectibles, curios, or antiques

     The following as amended by any posted notices, website changes, or verbal announcements during the sale constitutes the entire terms and conditions on which property listed in the catalog shall be offered for sale or sold by J. Bruce Voyles, Auctioneers, Inc. and any consignor of such property for whom we act as agent.

As used herein, the term “bid price” means the price at which a lot is knocked down to the purchaser, and the term “purchase price” means the aggregate of (a) the bid price (b) A premium payable by the purchase of 13% of the bid price ( If you pay by cash, check, or money order your are entitled to a discount of 3 percentage points, making your net buyers premium 10%)  and (c) Tennessee or Texas sale tax unless a resale tax certificate is on file with J. Bruce Voyles, Auctioneers, Inc.

Upon the fall of the auctioneers hammer or the announcement of a lot as “sold” the highest bidders shall be deemed to have purchased the offered lot in accordance with all of the conditions and at that moment assumes full risk and responsibility, will sign a confirmation of purchase, and agrees to pay the purchase price for the lots. No lot may be transferred.

J. Bruce Voyles, Auctioneers, Inc reserves the right to withdraw any property at any time before the actual sale, and reserves the right to reject a bid from any bidder.  The highest bidder as named by the auctioneers shall be the purchaser.  The auctioneers shall have the sole and final discretion to either determine the successful bidder or re-offer and resell the item in dispute.

All statements in the catalog or on any other literature as to the authorship, age, origin, measurements, quality, scarcity, provenance, importance, condition, and historical relevance are qualified statements of opinion and not a representation or warranty.  All sales are final, all times are sold as is, where is, with no warranties expressed or implied. A knife found not to be as described  (in other words a serious, detrimental flaw that we missed) is returnable if returned within three days only upon prior approval of the auctioneers.  However, if that flaw is visible in the online photos it is NOT returnable, even if not mentioned in the description.

Terms are cash, credit card, cashiers check or certified check, wire transfer, or personal or company check with prior approval and/or bank letter of guaranty.  Buyers premium is 13%. ( If you pay by cash, check, or money order your are entitled to a discount of 3 percentage points, making your net buyers premium 10%)  If we don't know you we will wait for personal checks to clear before we ship.

The act of bidding, in person, by agent, over the telephone, the internet, or via mail, fax, or email, or any other method the buyer or bidder aggress to be bound by these conditions of sale and further aggresses that the respective rights, obligations, and any dispute will be governed by the laws of Tennessee.

At our discretion we may accept bids in advance of sale by telephone, or in writing. “Buy” bids will not be accepted, all bids must state the highest price the bidder is willing to pay, and a premium will be added to the bid price.  The earlier bid will take precedent on tie bids. Absentee bids shall be executed in competition with other absentee bids and bids from the audience.  Successful absentee bids are not acknowledged but sale results and selling prices for any lot may be obtained by request. J. Bruce Voyles, Auctioneers, Inc. assumes no responsibility for failure to execute these bids for any reason whatsoever.

UP TO bids may be left, and on live auctions and will be executed as if you are in the room.  We will not raise an up to bid except in the face of an opposing bid.

Consignors may NOT bid on their own items.

J. Bruce Voyles, Auctioneers, inc. or the consignors makes no representation or warranty, expressed or implied as to the title, merchantability, fitness or condition of the property or as to the correctness of description, attribution, provenance, or age.

No cut bids will be accepted and the acceptable bids are in the following increments. Upon beginning of live online bidding the minimum you may bid over the previous bid is the prestated increment. An up to bid is not executed except in the face of a competitive bid. Please see our specific example in the link from our opening page.


If you wait until the last minute and bid one increment at a time--especially on a knife that you are willing to pay much more for--then bid a high up to. At the auction close everything closes unless it has had a bid in the last 3 minutes. Each bid extends ONLY THAT ITEM another 3 minutes.

We grade by National Knife Collectors Association standards with a few exceptions. The level below Very Good is Good. Pristine mint is added in our descriptions for a knife just out of the paper mint. When in doubt LOOK AT THE PHOTOS HERE. They will enlarge bigger than what is visible with most magnifiers. For blade wear, etc. LOOK AT THE PHOTO.

Returns: You have three days to return -- but only if NOT as described. (Please see above). We cannot break up a lot and let you keep part of it and return another part. The ONLY way we can accept a return is if you return the complete lot. These are not our knives and if we break up a lot it is impossible to explain to a consignor how we valued the partial lot--when we told them up front the knives would go to the highest bidder.

Your discount for cash or check payment is only if you have paid with seven (7) days after receiving notification. If you have not paid within 14 days we reserve the right to cancel your bid and relist it in a later auction.IMPORTANT CLARIFICATIONS:

Case Bone: We try to be as accurate as possible on modern knife bone types (after 1990)--but for instance we take no responsibility for determined if a blue handle is Ocean Blue, Caribbean Blue, Sky Blue, Pacific Blue, Barnboard Mold Blue or Black and...well Blue. Again if this is important to you LOOK at the PHOTO and made up your own mind as to bone name and type of jigging. We will not accept a return because of a misnamed bone. Again LOOK at the PHOTO and make up your own mind.

If you fail to respond to calls, emails, US mail and other attempts to get you to honor your committment to pay for your bid, you will be banned from future auctions.