i whiteOur auction is part of the Fine Tool Journal magazine (available by one-time purchase or by subscription).  This sale started in 1983 as a regular feature of the Fine Tool Journal.
Antique tools of all trades are offered from rare collectible tools to good old user tools.
Bidding is online, by phone (269) 463-8255 or mail (see bottom of page for mailing address) It is recommended bidders place a follow up phone call to confirm that the bids were received and to check current high bids.


Online bidding now features high bids!
Some things to note:
  • Proxy bidding is available. Under the "Place Bid" button is a "Bid as Proxy" check box. This allows you to leave a maximum bid and other bidders will need to increase their bids up until your proxy bid. You will be notified by email if your maximum bid is outbid.
  • Your user name will display when you are the high bidder. If you'd like your user name edited, please contact us via email or phone and we would be happy to change it to your liking.
  • A few lots may appear out of numerical order on the online bidding lineup. Please utilize the search function to find a particular lot or tool at this time. 

 Q: How do I bid through the website?

Some things to note about our
  • You must create an account and log in to bid. If you created an account to bid on a recent FTJ auction you do not need to make a new one. Please note this website is separate from the Brown Tool Auction website so you cannot use your Brown Tool login for FTJ. 
  • Below the Login Form on the right side of the webpage, choose "Create an Account" Fill in the required information, and you can then log in with that account going forward to place or review bids. OR Log In if you've previously made an account on the new system.
  • You will get a verification email to activate your account after you've registered. Check your spam folder if you don't see the email right away.
  • Prior to placing your first bid, it will require you to accept the terms and conditions. After you hit accept, go back to the auction list by clicking Current Auction in the menu above and return to your lot you wish to bid on and try again to submit a bid.
  • When logged into your account, the new system allows for a watch list and review of placed bids (under the Current Auction drop down menu when on the auction system platform).
  • You will receive individual email confirmations for each bid placed. Please check your Spam folders and/or add This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to your approved senders lists in your email settings if you are not receiving the confirmation emails.
  • You can always check the "My Bids" section of the website to confirm or review any placed bids.
  • New search capabilities! You can search by keyword or browse by category.
  • Please feel free to email any suggestions you may have for the new system and we will look into it. We appreciate your patience as we transition to this new bidding platform.
  • Initial bids must be received by the final SATURDAY before the auction. Initial bids may be raised until the end of the auction on SUNDAY by calling (800) 964-9036 until 10:00PM EST


Give one of our auctions a try! It is fun and we will always execute your online bids competively. If you are not sure how it works gives us a call we will gladly explain. All auction items come with a 7-day return policy. Just make sure you like the tool before you start cleaning and honing!

See the complete FTJ Auction Rules for all the details.