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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. my favorite notebooks 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2020

    These notebooks are the best notebooks I’ve ever used in my life and I’m not exaggerating. I buy a bulk of these every month to stock up. I love journaling and have found that these are the only
    Notebooks I end up finishing. They’re amazing quality, I love the paper and the paper smell (lol), and I love that it
    Lays flat and it’s chunky. It’s perfect. I wish they made the covers in blank

  2. So far beyond expectations in every way! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Jan 2020

    First, I used to conserve books, so I understand materials and bindings, buckram and stitching. Second, Tomoe River! Third, price. Fourth, service.

    I have been looking for JUST this journal for ages, and nothing quite clicked. I also needed something that would fit my Popov A5 cover, and I discovered much to my dismay that many A5 notebooks are off sized.

    I read about this journal in a review of the Popov cover and decided to give it a try. Well, I have found my precious! Thank you for making such a great product.

  3. THE perfect notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Dec 2019

    First, let me say.... I love this company. Fantastic products at reasonable prices. Packaged carefully. Quick delivery.

    I have used.. and loved... the Seven Seas Studio Note, Cafe Note, etc. They are all 1st class.

    But I keep coming back to this one - the Seven Seas Standard. It is perfection.

    The paper... of course....is the best in the world. Add to that the size (A5), the binding, the cover and .... a completely blank page for me to create a journal that is all mine.

    I have several journals going at a time. One for a diary, one for sketching, one for everything else. And I am now using the Seven Seas Standard for each of them.

    They are... for me... the perfect journal !!!
    Thank you Nanami Paper Company......

  4. Such a finely crafted notebook. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Dec 2019

    This is my second time buying this notebook. I am in love with the Tomoe River paper. I write and draw in this notebook and sometimes use watercolor, gouche and acrylic paint on its pages. This does cause some wrinkling but that's one of the things I love most about about it. I also love the sound of the crinkled pages when I run my hand over them. My first one is almost filled so I had to return to get another one. Highly recommend!

  5. Well-made, minimalist, Tomoe River blank journal 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Nov 2019

    I have kept a daily journal for many years, and have tried many products and paper types. For 2020, I wanted ONE journal that would last the year, was minimalist in design, and aa thin as possible. I was holding out for the Studio Note, as I like graph paper, but since that is never in stock, I decided to order the blank seven Seas Standard. I am so happy with it! By placing a lined or graph sheet under it, I can still write in even lines. And drawings look very good on the blank white paper! This is the thinnest TR paper (52gsm), so the book is quite slim considering there are 480 pages. Very happy with my purchase and looking forward to using it for 2020. I also purchased extra blotting paper and a hard and soft writing pad. I haven’t yet decided if the writing pads bring any value to the writing experience.

  6. Best paper and notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Oct 2019

    This is my second blank journal, which means I've had 480 pages to get acquainted with Tomoe River paper and this notebook in particular. The paper is perfect for writing on using a fountain pen, the binding keeps everything intact and easy to write on, and the blotters (I've bought extras) work well. I write poetry, notes, and occasional quotes. The Seven Seas Standard is by far the best notebook I've ever used, and one I plan to keep using.

  7. Perfection in a notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Oct 2019

    So I received an email from Nanami Paper requesting a review- I can’t believe these notebooks need reviews?! WTH! 52 gsm TOMOE RIVER PAPER doesn’t need reviews because it’s perfect plus the binding and cover match the paper - P- E- R- F- E-C- T- I- O- N- there I spelled it out for you

  8. Quick Review of a fantastic notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Oct 2019

    I'm sure Nanami understands that many of us have more notebooks than we'll ever need, but I am glad I have this one! I even started writing in it the moment I received it so can give an actual review! Although I've only had the book for less than a week I can absolutely say that it had the finest paper in it, the pages lay flat when opened and that I love writing in it. The cover seems sturdy, the construction appears flawless and well, I feel inspired to write down almost anything. I just happen to have some lined paper of the same size so I slip that behind the leaf I am writing on and viola, my writing is straight as an arrow.

    This notebook is worth the price and the company is worth your consideration.

  9. Blank Book! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Oct 2019

    I love the paper being able to handle even water. The blank pages are great to create art. Hands down my favorite journal. I can even watercolor in the pages and they don’t tear or rip.

  10. Such a Sweet Surprise 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Oct 2019

    I have bought about a dozen notebooks and journals, trying to find THE ONE, and have been let down over and over again when they were inadequate for my fountain pens. I wasn't exactly expecting much from the Standard after so many letdowns, but I was *thrilled* to find that it is pretty much perfect. I really enjoy the understated cover and the paper used in this journal is fantastic. The Standard makes me look forward to journaling and I will DEFINITELY be buying the Standard again (and again).

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