I absolutely love both Dragon Journals., I found this black one to be absolutely gorgeous and along with the red one, to be more unique than the others on offer. The faux leather feels more premium and softer than the real thing.As others have noted, the stitching is very well done. It does stay flat too, making it easier to write with fountain pens. The contrast between the background and the black dragon embossed on it makes it my favorite of the two.The pages are also thick enough to tape 4 x 6 photos on a page or two as well without issue. Every time I look at it I find it hard to believe that I've actually found a journal that makes me want to chronicle my days and nights on a more consistent basis just because of how beautiful and well-crafted it is. Of course I keep it by my side while the last season of you know who every Sunday night too. Dracarys!