Received the much awaited parcel today. And Opening it was a delight. First of all, the case was packed so delicately it showed the pride of the company in its product. When I finally held the case in my hand, it justified each and every 5 star review about it. Immediately there was a whiff of genuine leather and most smooth opening chain I've ever seen on a leather product. 1. The case screams of quality and I do feel its a lifetime purchase easily capable of turning into a family heirloom. 2. Those who say it smells.. It's the AROMA of pure leather for which it is brought. 3. The rugged looks are something which give it a vintage look right out of the box. 4. Applied leather conditioner to the case, though it smoothed the leather, it changed the entire look from that of a vintage one to a blackjack sh brown. I hope it wasn't a mistake on my part and the true rugged look comes back when the conditioner dries up. Just go for it. It'll put you in an entirely different league of Cool Uber Professional.