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SS CROSSFIELD A5 Grid Journal 7th Ed NEW TRP

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This is the 7th Edition of the Crossfield. It is bound with the "NEW" Tomoe River paper.

Please note that all reviews up to 9/18/2020 are based on earlier editions. The only change from the 6th to 7th edition is the NEW Tomoe River paper. Please see the pictures for a quick comparison of the old vs. new paper.


I have seen a couple of very good articles on social media that compare the old and new Tomoe River paper. The condensed version is this:


    • Feathering - same
    • Bleed - same
    • Ghosting - same
    • Tooth - NEW is toothier
    • Saturation - colors appear darker on the NEW paper
    • Line definition - NEW has "jagged" edges. OLD has crisp edges
    • Feel - NEW is "crispier", louder, and surface is harder
    • Thickness - the NEW paper is thicker
      • Actually, technically, it's the same thickness, but after binding into a notebook, the old paper is not as "compressible", so after manufacturing, this latest notebook is 1mm thicker than the old notebook. My partner in Japan explained this to me.


I agree with all of the above. The only thing I have to add is about the toothiness. The NEW paper does feel toothier than the OLD paper, but for me personally, I think it's because I'm just used to pressing down harder on the old, smooth Tomoe River. Now that the paper is not as smooth, applying less pressure does take some getting used to. If you can use less pressure, the new paper will not feel much different than the old.


Having said all of the above, to be honest, my personal preference is for the OLD paper, simply for the line definition. I wish I could make a million more notebooks with the old paper. For normal, every day use, I'm not exactly sure how much it bothers me. I'm going to say "not much" but overall I do feel the old paper was better, more luxurious.


But I'm still gonna use the new paper, because I actually prefer the enhanced "crispiness" (I always felt Tomoe River paper felt a bit flabby), plus, there's really no other thin paper that is as good. The old Tomoe River paper was "as good" as Midori MD and Graphilo, but those are also much thicker papers. And for me, the attraction of Tomoe River has always been its thinness more than its line definition. I use the B6-S Cafe Note for note taking. I am not an artist, and just use it for work. For that purpose, i'm fine with it.


So, please take my opinion for what it's worth. If you have any doubts, please ask for a sample by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:


Nanami Seven Seas

Samples by Mail

P.O. Box 17422

Irvine, CA 92623-7422


Ok, back to the original description:


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 paper, made stiffer through the use of a core board sandwiched between the outer layer 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, 16mm 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. My favorite journal ever 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Feb 2021

    Love this journal and the paper. So glad I could get a sample prior to ordering. Love the little crosses, the paper, the binding. I hate to pay shipping but once you see how quickly you get your order and how much care and attention to how it is packed, you understand the cost. I couldn't be more pleased with both the journal and the service!

  2. Loving the New Paper 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Feb 2021

    I LOVE the new paper. Big fan. I've used the old paper for a while and, maybe because I'm not a fountain pen user, I have to admit I like the new better. I have a fountain pen and, for my purposes, it writes just fine on either. More important to me, however, is that I feel like ALL my pens work better on the new paper. Less smearing, quicker dry time. I like the sound it makes (more similar to Stalogy) and everything else about the old paper still remains. I've written another post about how great this notebook is (well bound, nice size, etc.)

  3. Great Journal for Fountain Pen 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Jan 2021

    Great journal. I like the size, format and the paper. I am switching from a Leuchtturn1917 journal and this lays flatter and the paper is very smooth.

    I use a medium nib pen and there is a bit of "show-through" on flip side of page, but even if I only use one side of page, it is really great.

    The grid on the page is just right.

    I actually like the flexible cover over a hard bound journal, so again great.

  4. Great notebook, great price! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Jan 2021

    I'm really liking this notebook. You get quite a thick notebook with some really good paper for a really good price. The quality is great and has a very professional look. This is my first time trying out the new Tomoe River paper and it's different but after a little use you can get really comfortable using it. The paper still makes the ink looks great so I'm good with it!

  5. High quality, presented with simplicity 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Jan 2021

    I love this notebook. It’s design and construction is simple and strong. The binding is incredible, the paper is wonderful. I’ve used old TR paper, and I like this new TR paper as well. I highly recommend a notebook like this and others from Seven Seas.

  6. This notebook is the Best of the Seven Seas 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 31st Dec 2020

    The crosses don't get in the way at all when writing, they are much like the little dots you would expect in a dotted notebook, only they are tiny crosses. I find them useful to write straight, but not invasive in any way. I highly recommend the crossfield. If you are unsure whether or not to make the purchase, feel the fear and go for it,...you won't regret it.

  7. wonderful quality and fast shipping 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Dec 2020

    I am super pleased with the quality of this new notebook. The new Tomoe River paper is crisp and very pleasant to write on, and I find that fountain pen inks dry faster. The shipping was amazingly fast!!

  8. loving the new paper 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Nov 2020

    The new paper definitely feels different, but ink dries on it more quickly, which I appreciate esp as a left-handed person. The item shipped quickly, and is as delightful as all of their other products!

  9. Not surprised by how wonderful it is 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Nov 2020

    I got this notebook because I love the Seven Seas line, but also because I wanted to try the new Tomoe River Paper. I was not disappointed. I was surprised at how like the old TRP it is, even though there is a difference. It's still an amazing notebook, paper, and I'll be purchasing more.

  10. amazing notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Oct 2020

    This notebook is absolutely amazing! I was a little scared to try the new trp paper but honestly it feels soft and luxurious and not too different from the old trp. I’m very happy with the notebook!

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