Upon receiving this briefcase I was first delighted with the finish of the exterior. Nice texture to the leather covering and good color (I chose the burgundy.) The over all appearance get high marks including the gold trimmed latches, handle and feet. The handle is a little bit fatter than most and it goes well with the depth of the case. The interior has a good finish as well with a soft lining (that I have not had long enough to evaluate it's durability) and good layout for folders, pens and such. The hinges work well and lock securely into place without a struggle (a point that is a pet peeve of mine with lower priced units of this kind.) The locks work smoothly and the overall feel of the case when I carry it is nice. I like the little extra depth as I carry too much stuff anyway and my contracts folders and miscellaneous paperwork all fit delightfully well. I rate this briefcase 4 out of 5 for value, fit and finish.