"Well, any briefcase will probably look beat up after three years of heavy use, I guess the only question is whether it will mature nicely while getting beat up? wink.gif "
That's where $1200 briefcases prove their "worth" I have a 30 year old briefcase that cost over $400 when I bought it in Florence. It was used daily for over 20 years- I am now retired. It still looks very presentable - and the lock works!