I probably shouldn't ask because that's more than I want to spend... What's the paper like? I did read the review on Lectio, where the pictures there are just begging me to buy them, but he didn't say much about the paper.
The paper is a good fit for me. I like the shade of cream they use. (Jenni Blick has a limited edition one with pale blue pages, but I haven't used that one yet.) These have the larger lines, and smooth paper I prefer. I don't really like a lot of feedback. I haven't had issues with feathering, so it may have some sort of coating on it. I favor pretty broad, wet nibs and even use a fair of amount of calligraphy italics. I'm right handed, but I haven't had any issues with smearing even with modern sheening inks. The only bleed thru I've had has been when I've spilled whole drops of ink.There is some shadowing on the back side of the page with highly saturated or dark inks and wet generous nibs. Other than heavy card stock, I haven't found paper where that doesn't occur. It's not all that noticeable, but if you look for it, it's there.
There's gold gilding edging on this paper. I don't know why it isn't showing up in the photos.
Here's some pictures:
I don't mean to enable you, but I can give you some places to get them cheaper if you're okay with discontinued or shop worn versions. That's what I usually buy because $105 for a journal makes me balk, too. And after I carry them around and write in them daily for three months, the softer calfskin covers usually get a few marks so I don't mind if they aren't mint to start. Feel free to PM me. I think Graphic image has two big sales per year: Christmas in July and a Winter Sale.
They seem to use the same paper in their cheaper journals. (The ones with the sewn bindings, not the wired inserts.) Barnes and Noble carries one in a synthetic navy blue with a quill on the cover for around $30. I haven't tried those, but I did try the previous version with a bonded black leather cover with the same embossed quill on the cover. The bonded leather distingrates after awhile. So, though I was very happy at the time to have picked up eight of them for half price on eBay, I now regret it as the covers look awful, rub off on neighboring journals, and leave leather bits behind them.