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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. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. great service, wonderful notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Jan 2018


  4. great service, wonderful notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Jan 2018


  5. 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.

  6. I now have backups...... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Oct 2017

    I have been using the Seven Seas Standard Journal for 2 months now and my search for the perfect journal is finally over. This is a joy to use. The Tomoe River paper is just as good as I was told that it was. Thin and smooth with no bleed through and it makes writing with a fountain pen a real pleasure. And then.. if I'm sketching with my fountain pen, I can go ahead and put watercolor washes over my fountain pen sketch. And the slight crinkle of the paper after the watercolor has dried is delightful. And... on top of all that, the quality of this journal is wonderful - it lays flat, the binding is solid, the cover is protective. I love this journal so much that I came back and ordered several more so that I'll have backups for the times when you are out of stock. Thank you for making such a beautiful journal. I am a fan for life !!!

  7. Highly recommended 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Oct 2017

    Lovely journal that I have been using for some time now. The paper is lovely and perfect for my fountain pens. The binding also is superb and very durable.
    Also, the delivery (to Europe) is uncomplicated and quick.

  8. Too Nice? 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Oct 2017

    Tomoe River Paper is some of the nicest paper I have ever used. This is a nice, sturdy notebook, the paper is gorgeous, and perfectly blank. It's so perfect I'm having a hard time using it. I ordered the blank version so I can use it for sketching and painting with watercolor. I can use quite a bit of water without a lot of buckling and it almost never bleeds through. And the crinkle the paper makes after it's been painted on is so satisfying. I really like the weight of it, too. I'll probably order a back-up soon. ;)

  9. best experience ever 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Oct 2017

    For a girl like me who loves her journals, there is no better thing than reciving a parcel from nanami paper. Just opening it is a delightful special moment. Because you already know what is inside and also because it is so well wrapped that is telling you about it's quality already from the outside.
    The cardboard box, that fits like a glove, every single detail is perfect. And the paper is a dream. Thank you so very much for making me feel that special Dave. You are doing an incredible job here. Feel proud of what you have achieved and of your work. Not many pay attention to detail anymore nowadays. Thank you. Congratulations.
    I'm Spanish so please forgive any mistakes. I hope I would have been able to explain how pleased I really am.

  10. Best paper. Best notebook (A5). 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Sep 2017

    Tomoe River paper coupled with the best stitched-bound notebook results in best value money can buy. Enough said. You fountain pen users, try one (or two, three...)!

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