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Seven Seas "STANDARD" A5 Blank Journal 2nd Edition

Price:
$24.00
Max Purchase:
5 unit(s)


 

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.

Features:

 

  • 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.

Tips:

 

  • 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.

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Specifications:
 

  • 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. 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.


  2. Amazing... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Feb 2018

    I was honestly amazed at how well this paper did with all fountain pens and inks I tried. The paper is so thin but I got absolutely no bleed through and little ghosting. I don't mind the ghosting as once you start writing on the back of the page the ghosted words seem to fade into the background and don't affect the readability of your newly inked page. This notebook is simply beautiful and I love the fact that it has so many pages yet takes up less space than comparable notebooks with much less. The book arrived in a week from when I ordered which was surprising. Thank you for making such an amazing product. I will be ordering more in the future.


  3. sweet notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Feb 2018

    Love everything about this notebook. This is my second one and it is just perfection with the leather notebook cover sold here.


  4. I love it. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Feb 2018

    Its the perfect size for me. I'm using it has Omni journal and it's holding up pretty well to all my artistic experiments. I love that it lays flat and how soft the pages are.The only thing I wish it had was a back pocket.
    If my budget allows I will be buying more in the future. Its my new favorite journal.


  5. Best Journal tou can get 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Feb 2018

    I brought this for Commonplace notebook and I can honestly say this is probably one of best journal that I have brought. I loved the feeling and design of this journal.


  6. What I was hoping for 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Jan 2018

    I especially dig the lay flat binding and the angled/rounded cut of corners of the paper.


  7. Luscious Paper! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jan 2018

    I’m a big fan of Tomoe River paper, so I wanted to replace my old notebook refills with Tomoe notebooks. This one is a bit too large for my Oberon leather cover, but the paper is a delight to use with fountain pens. This notebook is very well made, and even comes with its own slipcover for storage. I will be buying more!


  8. great service, wonderful notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Jan 2018

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  9. great service, wonderful notebook 5 Star Review

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  10. The perfect Tomoe journal = the perfect journal for me. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Nov 2017

    This is the perfect journal. Period. Tomoe is my favorite paper by a long shot, and the Nanami binding and covers cannot be beat.

    I make and print my own custom negative lined sheets that I use to keep me writing straight. The great thing about this is you don't see the ghosting as you write, and it also has the benefit of allowing me to change the line spacing when I change nib sizes.

    This is, simply put, my perfect journal.


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