Frequently Asked Questions


Can I buy a carvings listed on your website?


Most of my carvings are commission-based. On occasion I craft a carving purely out of inspiration on subject matter of my own choosing, and put them up for sale under the "For sale" section.



How much for a commission?

These are custom works of art and each order is unique, and same goes for pricing. Cost of labor depends on complexity of design and materials involved. The price range varies from $500 minimum for a Classic Hobo nickel. At the same time, a highly-detailed and a truly exceptional engraving can be crafted, that will look spectacular but may take 100 hours and more of intense work. In this case the end result may cost 10K+. Again, it all depends. To get a better idea, please write me what is it you are looking for in as much detail as possible and I'll be able to respond with a more precise quote.


My prices are for engraving services only. It is thus preferred that the client provides his own material to be engraved, like a coin, a knife, a watch or a piece of jewelry, however, I can also purchase the material as per client's request and add its cost to the final price of the job.


Pricing for knives is different.


Portrait pricing


A portrait on a Hobo Nickel costs from $900 an up. It depends on such things as camera angle (profile or frontal view showing both ears or maybe 3/4 of a face). It takes me about a week to create a portrait likeness from a photograph and to give it real volume while preserving uniqueness of character. Price also depends on coin size and denomination.



Get in touch at for more details or to reserve a place in my schedule. I look forward to working with you to create engraving of your dreams!

Intellectual property rights


Please note that while purchasing Aleksey Saburov's original coin or engraving, Aleksey Saburov (the Designer) still retains all intellectual property rights and copyright of the original design he has created, which in turn might be implemented in whole or partially in future projects of any kind.

   Accepting commissions at this time:

   Hobo Nickels  •  ​Knife Engraving  •  Jewelry Engraving  •  Watches   
  •   Hand-engraving on collectible coins, Hobo Nickels, knives, time pieces and jewelry. Miniature bas-relief in metal, the true coin style, dimensional art on a wide range of themes: historical motifs, traditional hobo engravings, portraits, profiles, erotica and almost anything you can imagine on a coin. Hobo nickels are a fantastic investment, as they are a true collectible item, individually carved, signed by the artist and numbered. In retrospect, their value continuously increases as Hobo Nickel collectors and investors drive up the value of this form of art. As a master engraver with five years of education in metal works and jewelry craft in one of the best European institutes, along with a decade-long career in high-end jewelry crafting, I feel exceptionally proud of every one of my Hobo Nickels and engraved knives. This is true passion and time-proven professionalism in designing and successfully executing custom orders in metal.

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