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Seven Seas "CROSSFIELD" A5 Grid Journal 1st Edition

Announcement: The next version of the Crossfield, arriving around April 2017, will be printed with a full grid, rather than the individual crosses of the current grid. Spacing will remain the same at 5mm. If you prefer the cross grid, please keep in mind that this will be the last of that stock, depending on the popularity of the full grid.


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. sweet surprise 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Feb 2017

    I really wanted the blank journals but they were sold out so I begrudgingly bought the cross hatch journals. Wow!!!! Absolutely perfect. I don't want the blank anymore. I want more and more and more of these. I can write in a straight line and there are no distracting lines. The cross hatches melt away and you are left with the beauty of your page without distraction.

  2. The best possible? Yup! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Feb 2017

    Short form...the finest pen friendly paper, so well bound with no frills...ideal.
    I put one in a Lihit Lab corduroy cover and had a second sent to a friend for a simple leather cover.
    Really looking forward to getting these inked up soon. My favorite.

  3. Finally...the perfect notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Feb 2017

    I finally snagged a Crossfield Seven Seas Journal, after waiting for ages. The wait is worth it! The journal is gorgeous. Totally outweighed my very high expectations.
    I love the burgundy buckram cover but of course the main attraction is that perfect Tomoe River Paper. I love that the Crossfield is white Tomoe River Paper. The crossfield grid itself is quirky but unobtrusive so it provides just enough of a guideline for writing but it is unobtrusive enough to not overshadow the page.
    The shipping was exceptionally fast and secure.
    I am very happy! Can't wait to fill this journal up so that I can buy another one.
    Nanami Paper you have outdone yourselves with the Crossfield!!

  4. Simple...it's the best. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Feb 2017

    There is no aspect of this journal that is not perfect. It's just that simple.

  5. Too perfect to write in??! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Jan 2017

    Ok, so, I love this journal, unreservedly. Perfect paper, perfect construction, perfect customer service, and arrived super speedy! Considering the masses of lovely TR paper in there and the craftsmanship, really reasonably priced too!

    It's so pretty I just can't figure out what to do with it! I will mar those lovely pages with a journal when it will become a logbook, or personal writing when it will become a commonplace book! Such problems, I know ;) I'll figure it out I'm sure. Lovely lovely product.

  6. Cannot get enough. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jan 2017

    The Crossfield was my first Seven Seas notebook. All of the Seven Seas notebooks I've used have surpassed my expectations, and I will continue to purchase them as my primary notebooks as long as they exist.

  7. Beautiful and Practical 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Jan 2017

    My first of many more crossfield journal. Love the paper and the design. I think it is reasonably priced considering the quality you are getting. Thank you.

  8. Perfect 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jan 2017

    Bought this based off the videos seen online and the pictures on this website, and it came exactly as expected. Beautifully designed, it makes you want to write in it.

    Great service, shipped promptly and arrived undamaged. Will buy again.

  9. Beautiful 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Jan 2017

    This is the second crossfield journal I've bought and it won't be the last! Also the shipping is amazingly fast, I live in the uk and it took exactly 3 working days to get to me!!! So a big thank you Dave for excellent service and supplying such beautiful journals.

  10. 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 .

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