Loading... Please wait...

Seven Seas "CROSSFIELD" A5 Grid Journal 6th edition

Calculated at checkout
Max Purchase:
5 unit(s)

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.


Write your own product review

Product Reviews

Previous | Showing reviews 11-12 of 12

  1. Outstanding Journal in everyway! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Dec 2019

    The Crossfield is one of my favorite journals sold by Nanami Paper. The tiny grey cross is so much easier to see and use that just a little dot. The spacing is also perfect for my writing.

    I love the 52gsm Tomoe River paper. I use mostly fountain pens and occasionally Platinum art markers and pencil. There is something almost magical about the way the ink behaves on TR paper, but especially 52gsm. This paper brings out the very best of fountain pen ink. Most of the ink colors I use are of a medium to low saturation, so, for me, the showthrough on the reverse side is minimal. And I have only had one ink bleedthrough the paper when I dropped a very large drop on the paper.

    The journal construction is also excellent. Read the website about how they are constructed. Most of the time I carry my journal in a very professional journal cover. But the journal would be just as professional and just as durable if I did not put it in the cover.

    I have tried many Tomoe River journals, and I believe the Seven Seas journals are the best made and the most economical. I love the Crossfield, but also appreciate the Standard.

    Finally, Dave and all the staff at Nanami Paper have been extremely helpful and responsive. The customer service is outstanding!

  2. Perfect in every way !! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Dec 2019

    I love this edition of the Crossfield. The crosses are ever so slightly smaller and the quality of this notebook is.... as always with Nanami Paper Co.notebooks......first class. The white Tomoe River paper, the lay flat thread binding, the cover, the slipcase are perfection. Add to that the care in packaging and fast shipment and you have the perfect notebook/journal. I also use the Seven Seas Standard notebook (with blank pages) and love them both.... for different purposes !!! Thank you Dave.....

Previous | Showing reviews 11-12 of 12