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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. 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!

  2. Elegant, well-bound, lay-flat notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Oct 2020

    The Seven Seas Crossfield is beautiful with thin, strong paper. It is strongly and attractively bound. I lays flat when open. I was concerned the 5mm spacing would be too big (my favorite is the Studio Note's 3.7mm), but it is just at the limit of acceptable for my small cursive style with an extra-fine Pilot fountain pen nib. I think I will come to enjoy it very much.

  3. All good! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Oct 2020

    Had to get this notebook to try the new TRP and new Crossfield! I agree with the comparative notes in the description. I love the buttery feel of the old TRP, but I also appreciate the tooth and crisp of the new TRP. (I’d say the new TRP falls between the old TRP and Rhodia paper in terms of tooth and paper feel.) Ink looks glorious on the page as before. This is my sixth Seven Seas notebook. Made with outstanding craftsmanship and attention to detail.

  4. Crossfield Wins 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Oct 2020

    I wish I had known to just get this A5 beautiful notebook before I went through a slew of notebooks. Live and learn. I wasn’t enjoying writing until I got this. The feeling is amazing. Try it. Write a simple phrase and you will just stare at the paper. To top it off I just started using the Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen and it compounded all of those wonderful feelings. It goes without say that if you’re a writer you’ll love it, but if you’re just a person who enjoys journaling or writing simple notes it’ll bring you up to a new level of enjoyment. I will never be without the Crossfield. Period.

  5. Love 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Oct 2020

    I’m a huge fan of the Nanami notebooks and have purchased quite a few in different sizes over the years. I actually made the most recent purchase to try out the new TRP and I must say...I LOVE IT. There is noticeable tooth in comparison to the old TRP, but I love it. As mentioned, the grid isn’t as crisp, however not a dealbreaker. It handles just as well as the old paper. I use fountain pens primarily and they don’t notice a difference. I highly recommend.

  6. Writing on this paper is still pleasant 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Oct 2020

    The mini crosses are unobstructive but it resembles more of a fine dot grid than crosses. I very much still prefer the full grid of the studio note - i got 4 but I am down to my last one and I am very reluctant to use it. Writing on this paper is still pleasant. Do consider bringing the studio note back and it would great if there were a cream paper variation as well.

  7. Nicest notebook I have ever owned 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Oct 2020

    The paper is outstanding. It has a good tooth and my pen loves it. I really like the little crosses that form the grid for the notebook. It is subtle enough that it does not distract you when using it. I like the binding. Not cheap and very sturdy. I love the flexible cover as it is easier to put in my journal.

  8. paper too thick 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Oct 2020

    I love Seven Seas. Always give five stars and want to give more. This review specifically addresses the drawback of the 7th edition. All wonderful qualities of Seven Seas are still there, thank you, Nanami Paper. But — I don’t like this new TR paper in the 7th edition. Previous editions’ paper was so wonderful - thin and sturdy. Never any seeping through. You could see some ghosting but very moderate and not distracting at all and a sort of a guide for the next page’s writing, so completely fine. But the thinness of the paper was so awesome, it made the paper magic, you could fit so much in one slim notebook. With this new paper the magic is gone. And the notebook doesn’t fit into my cover like the previous edition did nicely. Dear Nananami Paper, please bring back the old paper quality.

  9. Good quality just not what I thought I was getting 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Oct 2020

    The quality and value of this TRP notebook is great. I wanted the Studio Note but it's been out of stock for such a long time I was desperate so I thought I'd give this one a try. When I read the description I thought I was getting a line grid but what I got was a dot grid which is doesn't fit my needs.

  10. The Best Value TRP Notebooks 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Sep 2020

    I would be surprised to find a TRP notebook at a better value than this. 240 sheets of TRO at around $25 is unheard of. Not to mention the thin but very tough covers and excellent binding. Nanimi paper has exceeded my expectations with the Seven Seas line and will have my continued business!

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