What surprises me is how thin the edges look; there's almost no depth at all over what appears to be a plastic counter. The latter seems pretty common these days, but if the leather's as thin there as it looks it really must have come from the bottom of the heap. Or rather, the cow.
I'll show you a better picture. That's a good point that you raise and something I can use in my correspondence with meermin.
Sorry about the quality, was taken on my phone.
That does looks very thin/poor quality though doesn't it?