Roger - that could just be an artifact of the photo angle in that thumbnail. My pair (http://img280.imageshack.us/img280/6981/wey2fn4.jpg) from this angle doesn't look so extreme, although they are not as closely cut as EGs. And in any case you've got two pairs of Newburys - what do you need with another pair of wholecuts?? Tattersall, you're right; in your picture, they do appear much more closely cut. Damn, those are nice. Yours seem a slightly lighter shade than what I had imagined the Dark Brown Antique Calf to be--more like the classic British Chestnut colour--and the antiquing really shows up well, unlike what I've seen in some C&Js. And re wholecuts, need has absolutely nothing to do with it!