These notebooks are top notch. Made to perfection as a notebook should be, in the old fashioned way, with fine details such as gilt edged paper beautifully bound with a Saffiano (embossed) genuine leather cover, the paper is both watermarked and laid so you have fine lines in the grain which makes sure your pen doesn’t slide as you write. The binding of the paper is that of a hardcover binding although the cover is not hardcover. The cover of these very finely handmade notebooks is made out of a single piece of rigid leather which is very hard to come by as far as notebooks go. This is the real deal.