My wife gave this to me as a Christmas gift and for the past year, it has protected my traveling notebooks. It's always in my backpack or shoulder bag when traveling, so it gets beat up a bit. However, the leather is thick and supple, so all that handling just adds to its character. The engraved map is still crisp and shows no sign of wear and the leather has started to darken a little, like that favorite leather jacket or pair of boots. This is not a thin journal cover, it will last a lifetime and still retain its good looks, unlike me!