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Seven Seas "STANDARD" A5 Blank Journal 2nd Edition

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The SS Standard is back!

The slip cover text has changed - now there's a small circle-logo in the front. But the book's cover hasn't changed. I just haven't had time to take a picture.


What we mean by "Standard": 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
  • White 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)
  • White-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. Perfect notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Apr 2019

    The perfect notebook in my opinion. I am buying an extra to stock up.

  2. Takes to My Sailor Very Well 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Mar 2019

    I was a little bit weary about how thin the pages were at first - they're not kidding about how thin it is. I had no reason to be worried though. There is no bleed through and any ghosting is easily ignored once the other side of the page is written on. My pen glides right over the page, smooth as butter and it has been a joy to write on so far. I've used Rhodia and Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks in the past. The Nanami Seven Seas blows the Leuchtturm out of the water (no pun intended) and rivals the Rhodia in quality.

  3. A perfected Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Feb 2019

    Elegantly understated.
    I love how the Blank Cover makes it feel so personal: Mine to make of it what I will : )
    So many pages while still not being fat and it's still relatively lightweight!
    Beautiful Paper!!: With a soft white hue that isn't glaring. Feels amazing to write on.
    Ink flows better on this paper.
    Blank pages are a lovely blank canvas; took some time to get used to writing straight, but now it's a must have for me.
    Robust. Durable!
    Lies Flat!! I get the most out of my pages with a comfortable writing experience.
    Better than what I thought a perfect notebook could be.
    This and the Writer are my favorite Notebooks, and always with a Cafe for when I need more mobility.

  4. Excellent paper, excellent binding 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Feb 2019

    I use Tomoe River paper exclusively for writing and journaling. Seven Seas offers an excellent binding of the most sheets at the best price. The notebook can be placed in a refillable cover. I keep extras on my shelf.

  5. One notebook to rule them all... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jun 2018

    I've just received my second order (arrived in less than a week all the way to New Zealand again - amazing!). I need to never run out of these notebooks - ever. Worth every penny. Thank you :)

  6. Beautiful 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Apr 2018

    I purchased this as a gift for my daughter. It was so beautifully presented I will have to get another for her and her siblings. This is mine.

  7. Please make Ruled version of Standard with white Tomoe river Please 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Apr 2018

    Really love this notebook, its my favourite for journaling. Dear Nanami, could you please make the ruled version of it as well?

    I know you are bringing back the new Writer, but sadly for me it's going to have cream coloured pages instead of my favourite off-white colour. White ruled pages of Tomoe River and your wonderful thread binding would be just Perfect. Please, do make it if you can. I'll buy it many-many times

  8. Fountain Pen's Best Friend 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Apr 2018

    I have used a fountain pen since the first year of school, more than half a century ago. And I have used every type of notebook imaginable. None, however, comes close to the quality of the Seven Seas Standard A5 2nd Edition. The notebook fits perfectly in my leather notebook cover. I don't keep a journal; rather, as a freelance writer and novelist, I use this notebook for the first draft of everything. My Pelikan floats on the paper like a royal barge on gentle water. It's a joy writing in this notebook. Good stuff.

  9. A5 Plain 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Apr 2018

    Beautiful paper. Arrived well packaged.

  10. Beautiful Journal superbly bound and great value for money. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Feb 2018

    Dave answered my questions promptly and after I put in the order, the product was shipped quickly and it arrived well packaged. The journal was exactly has advertised on the website. The Tomoe River paper is ideal for fountain pens which I use. The notebook is thread bound and it can fold on itself 180 degrees. As a result, all pages lie flat including the first and last page and this makes it easy to write on. I find the quality-price ratio outstanding given the high-quality paper. Highly recommended.

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