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Seven Seas "STANDARD" A5 Journal FACTORY 2nd

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2 unit(s)

NOTE: These are FACTORY SECONDS of the Seven Seas Standard 2nd Generation notebook. They may have one or more minor issues such as rippled pages, transport dents, abrasions, etc.

All of these notebooks are certainly usable! If you find yourself paralyzed by a "pristine" notebook, try one of these, and scribble away!


Finally! The Seven Seas Standard 2nd Edition! The only change from the 1st edition is that we have changed from a buckram cover to a similar coated-fabric cover that is a bit more refined and still plenty tough!

What we mean by "Standard" is: Plain, regular, no-frills. No lines on the pages. Simple, tough, no-nonsense design. It's a blank canvas, with no soul of its own, ready for your personal touch. But at the same time, it is so dense with capacity, and its paper is so thin and receptive, that by the simple act of adding ink you physically transform the book in a way that is real and tangible. That much will become apparent as you go through more and more pages. We think it is better for capturing your thoughts, vision, aspirations, art, work, and whatever else you choose to put down, than any other notebook. And even if you're the type to throw away old notebooks, you'll probably want to keep this one long after it is filled.



  • Flexible, semi-stiff coated fabric cover.
  • Smythe-sewn (thread-bound), lay-flat binding
  • Tomoe River paper - lots and lots of it
  • No printing or branding except for the back end sheet
  • Comes with a kraft slip case


The pages are "thread-bound", which is a very old and still the best production method of bookbinding. Thread-bound pages are sewn (with a special sewing machine) into signatures, which are gathered to form a text-block, which is then cased into a cover. This method allows the journal to lay flat with no stress to the spine, and for that reason it is the absolute best method for binding a book (including a library book) that sees the daily rigors of opening, closing and pressing down with the hands. It can even be folded back on itself. If you were to go on an around-the-world trip over the course of many months and needed to document your experiences in great detail, this journal would certainly be up to the task.

The paper size is A5 (148x210mm or 8.3x5.8 inches), and 15mm thick. The cover is made of buckram, which, aside from leather, is the absolute toughest flexible cover material available. The cover has also been made stiffer through the use of a core board sandwiched between the buckram fabric and the end sheets. You can use the book as-is, or put it inside a leather, cloth, paper, vinyl, fabric, etc. outer cover.



  • The notebook will lay flatter if you bend it back on itself a bit. Don't be afraid to do this - the binding is top notch.
  • If you use a fine-to-medium fountain pen, the ink will generally dry fast enough. If it doesn't, close the book on the included pink blotter sheet.
  • If you use a pencil, softer leads such as 2B and 3B work well.
  • Pencil marks erase very cleanly from this paper, and using a high quality eraser is pure pleasure. Don't be surprised if you find yourself making mistakes on purpose.
  • If you find the book a bit thick for your writing style, please read this.

Recommended accessories:


  • Size A5, 210x148mm, 15mm thick, (8.3x5.8x0.7 inches)
  • Cream-color Tomoe River "Notebook" paper
  • 480 pages (240 leaves), no lines, rounded corners
  • Lay-flat thread binding
  • Flexible, tough, thin water-resistant coated-fabric cover
  • Ivory-colored end sheets
  • Comes with one A5 blotter paper
  • Made in Japan


ABOUT MANUFACTURING VARIATION: We've found that Tomoe River paper, and thin paper in general, is unlike working with "regular" weight papers such as 20 lb bond, laid, wove, etc. papers (we have actually be unable to find any binders in the US that are willing to work with TR paper). Tomoe River paper is very sensitive to humidity, and when bound in a thick book by machine as ours are, some unexpected variations can occur. So far, we've experienced the following (also please see the pictures):

  1. Rippled pages
  2. A subtle "waviness" on the edge of the book block
  3. Dog-eared pages (rare)

None of these issues will affect the writing surface or quality of the writing experience, and it's not practical for us to go through each book page-by-page (these issues can be quite random). However, if for any reason you are not satisfied with the book you receive, please let us know (dave@nanamipaper.com) and we'll do our best to rectify the situation. Thank you for your understanding!

For more information and design goals, please read the Seven Seas Journal Fact Page.

If you'd like to compare this journal to the cost of other journals, please see our notebook value comparison.

Did you know that Hemingway wrote with a pencil? We like to think that, had he known about the Seven Seas Standard, he would have used a fountain pen. Here's the full story.


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  1. Best bang for your buck 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Mar 2017

    If you're into fountain pens or just love silky smooth Tomoe Tiver paper, these "Factory Seconds" are the best bang for your buck. This was my first purchase and I honestly couldn't see the flaw in the book. I look forward to purchasing more Seconds in the future.

  2. What flaws? 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Feb 2017

    These notebooks are an incredible bargain. I could not see anything I would consider a flaw. Thank you Nanami Paper.

  3. Perfect 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jan 2017

    The Standard was my third Seven Seas notebook. All of the Seven Seas notebooks I've used have surpassed my expectations, and I will continue to purchase them as my primary notebooks as long as they exist. The standard (paired with some grid paper as a guideline) is arguably the most versatile of the bunch (trading the convenience of having markings on the page for a more polished-looking end-result)

    I don't see any flaws with this. At $19, it's worth every penny. I'm looking forward to more. And more. And more.

  4. Honestly, they are perfect, I couldn't find the flaw 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Nov 2015

    I ordered 5, I checked all of them and honestly I couldn't find the flaws. i bought a couple full priced Standards and this 2nds are an excellent deal.

  5. Factory 2nd is First Rate 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Nov 2015

    This is the third or fourth time I have purchased Seven Seas seconds, and I have found they are excellent deals. Often times, it's difficult to distinguish what exact makes it a 2nd, or if there is a flaw, it's quite minor and doesn't affect the function in any way. In my experiences, I have found them to be just as good as the full priced versions, which of course are a joy to write in and are quite durable with its binding and semi-hard cover.