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Seven Seas "STANDARD" A5 Blank Journal 2nd Edition

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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. Great size journal and great paper 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Sep 2017

    This Seven Seas Standard Journal with the blank pages is wonderful. I had heard so much about the Tomoe River paper and it is as good as I had heard. I also love the size of this journal - not too big and not too small.

  2. Over-The-Moon In Love! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Sep 2017

    The Seven Seas Standard has become my absolute favorite sketchbook! I was a HUGE fan of the Hobonichi planner, which uses Tomoe River paper and holds watercolor like a dream! The Seven Seas Standard uses the very same paper, only without the preprinted gridlines and text. The paper buckles only slightly with watercolor (and that is usually after several layers have been applied) and makes a delicious crinkly noise when the pages are flipped through. This notebook is such a joy to handle that I look forward to sketching in it every day! Thank you Nanami Paper, and please never stop stocking this gorgeous notebook!

  3. My life blood 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 31st Aug 2017

    If I won the lottery, the first thing I'd do is to buy them all.

  4. Journal that's a great friend 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Aug 2017

    I've enjoyed writing in a journal since high school in the early 1970's as part of an English class assignment, and have been gratefully incorporating it in my well being ever since. Never has it been more enjoyable as far as materials as with these fine journals: they take fountain pen ink on both sides of the page very well, and are magically compact.
    I just ordered two more, since the first time I ordered on it was not in stock for several months.
    Thank you Nanami Paper Products!

  5. Excellent Quality, So Beautiful with Fountain Pens! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Aug 2017

    I love this notebook! Being relatively new to the fountain pen world, I did hours of research on the best paper to use to bring out the maximum amount of shading in the inks. I kept coming across "Tomoe River" paper, and when I discovered that it came in notebook form here I was sold.

    After initially making the decision to purchase a journal, the store portion of the website was closed so I had to wait a few days to actually make the purchase. The wait was well worth it.

    I opted to go for the standard version even though my intended use was for journalling - I find that 7mm is too wide for line spacing as seen in the Writer version, and liked the thought of not being able to see any lines to distract from the words. After receiving my journal, I just printed out a line guide with my preferred line spacing (5.75mm) and I lay it under the page I am writing on. I have a small clip that I can use to hold the paper in place between the pages while I write to keep it from slipping (I only need to do this when writing on the back of the page at the moment because I am close to the start of the journal). Once I'm done writing my entry, I just fold the line guide and stick it in the front of the journal with the blotting paper.

    The paper is thin, so you can see ghosting on the backside of the paper, but I like that, personally. The writing will also leave just a bit of an indentation on the backside, but again I actually like that feeling, and it doesn't dent the next page at all (using fountain pens).

    I will absolutely be buying this again when I run out of room in this one!

  6. LOVE 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Aug 2017

    After loving the Crossfield first edition & finding the Writer disappointing, I decided to give the Standard a try. I LOVE IT. Thank you so much for this notebook. I love everything about it. I might even love it a little more than the Crossfield (which I would buy a billion of if the first edition came back) and that's saying a lot.

    I have only been using this for a few days and I can't get over how perfect the paper is. I've been using a guide sheet (dot grid for the new pages, grid for the inked pages) and it's a little bit of a pain but there is no way I'd be able to write without it.

    It's when I take the guide sheet out that I love that I can see the ink without anything to distract from it. I am a big fountain pen user and I love bold nibs and sheeny ink, so this paper really, really lets that ink shine.

    I am so glad that I went for the Standard.

  7. Didn't know I needed this in my life 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Aug 2017

    Somehow, having the freedom of paper, where I can use a line guide instead of printed lines, is everything that was missing in my life. This is my watercolour sketchbook and takes watercolours impressively, with minimal to no bleeding, even on such fine paper (multiple swipes of water WILL bleed, however not to the next page, and if you let it dry, it won't bleed.) I love this thing, I eagerly await a cafe note with blank pages!!!

  8. white paper! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Jul 2017

    The quality and service is always top shelf
    When i found out the new standard has white paper compared to the creame i instantly bought 2
    These books are so fantastic for fountain pen writing and sketching. With the white paper i have found that fp ink shows its true colors especially the reds and heavy shaders
    I hope nanami sticks with white

  9. Amazing surface! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Jul 2017

    I'm impressed with the paper and I've tried several pen & ink combinations to test it. And I'm extremely pleased how it has responded. I've tried watercolor washes and the paper still holds up well. As a sketcher I've tried lots of papers but the Seven Seas Standard out ranks them all, a definite must have!

  10. Beautiful Journal 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jul 2017

    The Seven Seas Journal is wonderful! The paper is the smoothest and thinnest I have seen to date. It comes in a lovely slipcase. It also has the largest number of pages in a journal I have ever seen, yet is incredibly light for almost 500 pages. I highly recommend this journal, which comes in a number of formats.

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