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Seven Seas "CROSSFIELD" A5 Grid Journal 6th edition

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This is the 6th Edition of the Crossfield. It has the following features:

  • Gray crosses, .6mm wide (previously was 1mm wide)
  • New logo on slip case (will post pics asap)

The pictures on this page still show the blue crosses, as we haven't updated the photos yet.

Thank you for your patronage and I do appreciate the enthusiasm for all editions of the CROSSFIELD.


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.


Recommended accessories:



  • 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. Best Tomoe River notebooks on the market! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Mar 2020

    I had never heard of Seven Seas until I was searching online for a Tomoe River notebook with more than 150 pages. When I ran across this brand I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it not only had more than 150 pages, but it had 480 pages. 240 sheets. I ordered immediately. My order arrived today & I so happy to finally have the notebook in my possession. Although I refuse to use it til I receive my Galen Leather notebook cover for it. I was so glad to find these that I ordered a 2nd one last night before I even received my first one. These notebooks are just amazing. I have my first one neatly & safely put up waiting on my cover & my 2nd one was shipped today. Won’t have to worry about buying another notebook for my leather cover for awhile, but I specifically bought my leather cover for these notebooks. Can not wait to have my leather cover so I can finally use my notebook. I do not want to chance messing up the cover or anything. Thanks for supplying us with quality tomoe river paper with more than 100 pages like everyone else sells, which by the way is way overpriced. This is an amazing price for the quality & number of pages you get. Will only be buying tomoe river paper from here from now on. (When I finally need another one, because I’m sure 2 will last me for awhile.

  2. The Crossfield is the absolute best! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Feb 2020

    The best notebook you can buy. The Tomoe River paper is a joy to write on with my fountain pens.The book lies flat and is extremely durable. What I like best is the white paper! Bright and cheery. Better than the cream. You get so many pages but without the bulk. I write on both sides of the paper with no problem at all with ink showing through to the other side. I like that I can write on the entire page, no headings to take up valuable space. Great notebook!

  3. Great Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Jan 2020

    This is the third Crossfield notebook I purchase. I was happy to see the paper changed from the previous version of the notebook. Writing on it is a delight!

    I bought it for my husband. He was amazed by the presentation and superb quality. He thinks these would make excellent gifts to impress a boss at the office.

  4. Best Notebooks 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Jan 2020

    I absolutely loved my old v1/2 blue-cross Crossfields, and thought they were the best notebooks ever. These new slightly smaller, slightly less-standout, gray crosses make this notebook even better in my view, which I didn't think was possible. The best notebook I've ever used just got better, and I'm really glad I picked up a few so I won't run out. I like the white pages much better than the cream pages on the standard and writer, and the crosses give enough of a guide but enable free-form drawings or diagrams without getting in the way as well.

  5. Never disapppoints 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Jan 2020

    I've purchased 4 of these over the last two years. They are impeccable, and I will keep buying them until it's no longer possible to do so.

  6. Better than Expected 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Jan 2020

    This is the Journal I have been searching for. If you love Tomoe River paper, this is your journal. The paper is not bright white (I usually by cream) and the "dots" are soft, grey crosses so nothing is distracting to the eye. Pen tests show expected ghosting but even metallic Sharpies don't bleed!
    I know I'll get probably two years of bullet journaling in it so the value is great.

  7. Excellent Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jan 2020

    Nanami paper has the best notebooks. The Seven Seas series is excellent. I've tried both the crossfield and the microdot, the crossfield has far less intrusive crosses compared to the microdot, but both are excellent.

  8. Excellent! The Crossfield is BACK! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Jan 2020

    Crossfield version 6! YESSS!!! My favorite notebook is back! The crosses are a bit smaller than previous versions, but they are slightly darker and so the visual effect is that of a regular dot-grid. It looks much milder than the bold MicroDot, but slightly stronger than previous Crossfields where some folks had trouble seeing the cross/dots when mixed with showthrough from writing. It's the perfect visual guide that blends into the written page once you start writing, but provides enough guide to keep writing. The grid is neither overpowering nor too light. YES! Now PLEASE keep these in stock, lol!

  9. amazing 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Jan 2020

    I was very impressed when I opened the package. I recommend this notebook as well as Tomoe River Paper. Will be buying more.

  10. Deserves 5 Stars 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jan 2020

    I’ve been stalking the website for most of 2019 for this book so when I finally got to order I was very excited. The shipping was very fast and the quality is excellent. I was already familiar with the paper and was pleased with the crosses and the binding is the best I’ve seen.

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