Well, here's the thing. These? Are not that expensive. Because...I don't know why. They use regular watermarked paper, rather than the fancy hand-pulled stuff. And the covers are split hide leather, rather than "bonded" (leather scraps pulverized and mixed with water and glue, spread onto a cloth backing to dry, then cut to cover size) leather. But they're not as pricey as a lot of hand-bound journals--under $20, even for the larger size. Softening the page edges gives them the look of more expensive journals. Plus, I like how supple and yielding the book is, once the page edges have been roughed out.