It's not so much the leather, Cosmopolitan, but the finish that I'm curious about. Deerskin is good, tough wearing leather but the "antik" finish may or may not be. Hopefully someone will pipe in and let us both know how theirs is doing. I don't mind superficial scratches because that's just part of the "normal" wear and tear that comes with using anything (like the dings in my car's paint....let's not go there...). My concern is that given the price tag that comes with the Antik line, I want to know it's going to hold up.