The thickness and feel of this paper is much better than I expected for a "pad." I have an assortment of fine quality, engraved stationery that I use for personal and business communications, as appropriate, but I am always looking for a nice quality, good value paper that I can use more casually. These pads are perfect, and the large letter overlay/monogram on the name adds a touch of style and distinctiveness. I ended up ordering more, for myself as well as my sister for a little surprise gift. I would recommend the product highly.