Crossway's Omega Thinline is the perfect combination of fine-craftsmanship and usability. It is available for purchase at EvangelicalBible.com for $157.
The Omega Thinline was made to be used. The quality Goatskin Leather makes this possible. Words or pictures can't really capture the way it feels. It is nothing like bonded leather even though it has a similar "shine" in pictures. The leather is very limp. It is really nice when you pick it up (not just the first time). The Omega maintains an aesthetic making it pleasurable to use at home in personal study or sitting at Church in close quarters. I have enjoyed using this as my primary Bible for the last three months and it doesn't lose its flexibility and softness -- in most cases, this Bible will get better with use.
This Bible has edges that hang over the length of the pages: this is called the "yapp." The Omega's yapp allows the pages to stay protected -- especially when you go to pick it up. Rather than your hand touching the edges of the page, the yapp protects them from markings, oils, and intrusions.
ART GILT PAGES
I really appreciate the art gilt pages on this volume. I have had other Bibles with this feature, but the Omega has a beautiful sparkle whether it is open or closed.
The only "downside" about the ribbons is they will make the pages wavy if used frequently. Don't worry, with normal use there will be no problems.
MARKING IN THE OMEGA THINLINE
Some people prefer to mark their Bibles more than others. The Omega is not perfect for highlighting, but below are a few examples of different writing-instruments and how they look on the from and backs of pages.
High-quality Bibles will come with inevitable inconsistencies. These Bibles are made individually and will have small flaws. These proves that the Bible is a unique, handmade, and special.
COMPARING THE SIZE
The Omega is large but thin. It is 6.125 inches by 9.125 inches and is only slightly larger than a typical ESV Thinline. If you are looking for a small compact Bible, you may want to consider a Pitt Minion.
The Omega is not only a well-made Bible, its an amazing deal for the price. It feels well-made, it performs like its well-made, and it has the most reasonable price on the market. I am thankful for the work that was put into every aspect of this edition, I use it everyday. This Bible wasn't made to last years, it was made to last decades.