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Seven Seas "CROSSFIELD" A5 Grid Journal 1st Edition


Finally - a Tomoe River notebook with a grid! Construction is the same as the Seven Seas Standard, except that it comes with white TR paper and a dark red coated-fabric cover. Same lay-flat binding! Same massive page count!


  • Flexible, semi-stiff coated fabric cover.
  • Smythe-sewn (thread-bound), lay-flat binding
  • White Tomoe River paper - lots and lots of it
  • No cover 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 a coated fabric, similar to buckram, but a bit less coarse and heavy duty. The cover has also been made stiffer through the use of a core board sandwiched between the 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. Go ahead and bend it backwards! It won't break.
  • 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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  • Size A5, 210x148mm, 15mm thick, (8.3x5.8x0.7 inches)
  • White-color (which is really an off-white) Tomoe River "Notebook" paper
  • 5mm cross grid (not actually a full grid; rather, 2mm crosses
  • 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. the best 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Dec 2016

    I love this notebook. I will be ordering more . I love Tomoe River paper and this is the best deal out there. I was a little worried that the cross 'dot' would bother me but not a bit. Perfect .

  2. AMAZING 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Dec 2016

    Chances are , if you're reading the reviews , you have some skepticism about this notebook, which you shouldn't. I've waited a long while for this to be in stock and let me tell you , I was not disappointed !!! I use these notebooks daily. The paper is UNREAL like I'm telling you beyond amazing , hands down worth the money. It takes all kinds of mediums well, I use brush pens and fountain pens most often , some watercolor but it just takes everything BEAUTIFULLY. The white paper makes this one the best out of the three available , and I buy everything in grid or dot grid so that was just a bonus !!! The best notebook I have ever owned ! It ships fast 2, every order I have ever had has shipped in two days!! Love love love namami! Especially the Crossfield !!!

  3. Amazing Paper! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Sep 2016

    The notebook has a beautiful and simple dark red / burgundy cover and the paper is light weight, but not at all wimpy. It does hold pen ink and more importantly water color paints very well. I do not want to waste a single sheet of paper!

  4. so beautiful I almost don't want to write in it! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Sep 2016

    I have a Hobonichi which has tomoe river paper but was looking for something more freeform to journal in, when I heard about the Crossfield.
    As I live in the uk its very difficult obtaining anything of quality without waiting ages or paying over the odds for but I just had to give this company a trying I have to say Iam not disappointed, shipping was reasonable and so quick and I am totally awed by the quality of this notebook. beautiful Tomoe River paper all wrapped up in a top quality burgundy cover, I am definitely going to be ordering a few more. I too hope they never discontinue it as from reading these reviews there will be a lot of unhappy people!

  5. Couldn't love this book more 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Aug 2016

    I am torn between the qualities of the Writer and the Crossfield because they are both such excellent notebooks, but this one may have the edge. The flexible burgundy cover offers great protection, and the white paper shows your inks to their best and truest qualities. The page count is unsurpassed, and the 5mm spaced grid really suits my preference of working with extra fine fountain pen nibs. I do find the blue crosses slightly larger and more visible than the grey dots in the Leuchtturm notebooks, but they disappear once you start writing. I would choose this notebook every time and hope it's never discontinued!

  6. If you love cake 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Jul 2016

    then you will indeed love this notebook, because if you love cake then you appreciate how delicious and beautiful a few materials can become. You know the satisfaction of making that first cut, eating that first (and last if you are like me) slice and remembering that these few materials can be manipulated into anything you want it to be, visually. That's what this notebook is. In all seriousness, everything about this notebook is satisfying; the paper, the size, the packaging, the possibilities. If you like cheap things or lack attention to detail then don't get this, leave it for the rest of us, there are dozens of other notebooks you can buy.

  7. Can't wait to use this the first time 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jul 2016

    So looking forward to using these journals - paper is outstanding and the line marking is brilliant

  8. Yes the Best Notebook Ever 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Jul 2016

    I love this notebook even more than the Writer! The paper is fantastic and there are lots of sheets in a compact notebook. The reticle cross pattern is great for general usage - not obtrusive, but allows some guidance for your writing. Adding the MF Faux Leather cover really completes the package. Please don't stop making these notebooks! I bought 2 to have a spare, but I will need more.

  9. Best notebook in the world! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Jul 2016

    I am a mathematician and find gridded paper best for calculating. The Crossfield is the best notebook with gridded paper that I have ever used, which is why I just bought a few more. Each has many pages (480) and thin paper. The paper is excellent: there is no bleed through with a fountain pen (even one with a generous ink feed). Finally the notebook is bound well and fits nicely in any number of covers.

  10. Amazing for Math 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Jul 2016

    I’m working on a Math degree after a 20-year hiatus and using a crossfield notebook for my notes and homework. The grid provides the perfect scaffold for my equations, matrices, theorems, etc. without cluttering up the page. The effect of the pencil and pen on the paper makes finding the working edge simple. Teaming it with a Gfeller cover, a rubber band and my pencil of the day is luxury.

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