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Seven Seas "CROSSFIELD" A5 Grid Journal $th edition

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5 unit(s)

Announcement: You may be aware that in the past, the Crossfield pages were printed with BLUE crosses. We discontinued that model and started printing it with GRAY crosses. 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.


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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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    Posted by on 15th Sep 2019

    As you can see by everyone's reviews, we all love, love, love this notebook. Please take my money too! I am just waiting for the day that you bring this notebook back so I can order as many as you will let me!

  2. Please take my money again 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Aug 2019

    I was very sad when I came to stock up on the crossfields to find that it has been brutally, senselessly murdered. I have no interest in any other notebook. I guess I’ll stop writing. I can spend the money on drugs and alcohol instead to dull my pain.

  3. Love this journal !!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Jul 2019

    This is perfect in every way.....

    Therefore, I am trying very hard to be patient until this is back in stock. I sure hope that you get a lot of them in stock when you do get them as they will be bought up in a hurry !!!

  4. Please bring this back! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Jul 2019

    I have been using the same Crossfield (gray crosses version) for over a year and a half as my work notebook, and I still have about a hundred pages left, but it won't last forever, so I keep checking back to see if they've returned. I like the cross grid better than any dot grid I've used, and obviously better than full grid - it's there as a guide, but so light and unobtrusive; the 5mm spacing is perfect; the paper brings out sheen in inks I didn't know even had any; and with the thin paper and high page count it's *so* much more compact than any other notebooks I'd have used and I can keep my old notes in hand for so much longer. The only change I might wish for is an option for numbered pages. Please bring back the Crossfield.

  5. Please Bring The Crossfield Back! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Jul 2019

    Since I discovered Nanami Seven Seas notebooks in 2017, I have order 11 Crossfields and 15 Writers, all for myself, on various orders. I absolutely love the paper, especially with fountain pens. I do a lot of writing, so I purchased them so that I never run out as I wait for the notebooks to get restocked.
    Comparing the two: I prefer the Crossfield's white pages infinitely more than the cream color of the Writer. It doesn't matter to me if I'm writing with crosses or straight lines. It is simply the white paper I prefer. The cream is just a bit too dark for me.
    Please keep up the good work, and please bring the Crossfield back... with white paper. Thanks.

  6. If I wish hard enough will it come back? 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jul 2019

    I found my dream notebook in the Nanami Paper Crossfield. I love the feel, smell and look of the paper and the book stands up really well. For my purposes the size of the book (which was new to me) has become my new standard (A5) and I love the grid that the '+' detail makes allowing me to doodle, sketch and write.

    The width of the paper is perfect for fountain pen ink; there is no bleed through but I can see that I have written on a page when I turn it over.

    I was lucky enough to buy four on my first order; I am just about to start the 4th of my four and keep hoping it will come back.

  7. Love this notebook! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Jun 2019

    I am patiently waiting for these to be restocked! This is one of my all time favorites!!

  8. So Sad 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Jun 2019

    Another previously happy customer who morns the mystifying loss of the very popular Crossfield. No, I'm not interested in plain or grid paper. Guess I'll have to settle for 68gsm.

  9. Bring Back the Crossfield, Please and Thank You! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th May 2019

    I love my Crossfield Journal, the subtle but refined '+' markings in lieu of dots (I have the gray cross version-- perfection). The notebook/paper itself is of course top-shelp, as are all your notebook offerings. Thanks so much!

    I don't care for the Target-inspired MicroDot version, at all-- not least because who wants to be reminded of "Target" every time they write and play and try to think(?!), but also because for me the pattern is busy without adding anything of visual merit or in-use aid.

    I shall continue to avail myself of your other (non-Target) offerings, all the while hoping for a reappearance of the Crossfield!

  10. Please Bring This Back! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th May 2019

    Please Bring This Back!

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