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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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  1. Please bring back the Crossfield!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Apr 2019

    I have tried different Seven Seas notebooks and my favorite is the Crossfield by far. I love the 5mm spacing, and especially the crosses as compared to the graph paper grid.I can't wait until you bring it back. I especially like the full page of crosses, without the heading box at the top of the page. It is such high quality and design. Please stock it soon!! Thanks.

  2. Baby Come Back! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Apr 2019

    Although it's barely April, I was getting ready to start my BUJO for next year and was soooo disappointed to find the Crossfield is "on break!" My 3 favorite things about it: The teeny tiny crosses, the smooth-writing paper, how it lays flat when open. Will it return before 2020 starts????

  3. Please bring the squared notebook back 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Mar 2019

    I have tried the dot grid, but they cannot replace the graph grid. Please bring it back

  4. I miss the Seven Seas Crossfields badly!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Feb 2019

    It is so sad to learn that this product is "taking a break" from production!

  5. patiently waiting for more 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Feb 2019

    Just wanted to say that I am patiently waiting for the next version of the cross field. I feel that it’s the most versatile of all the notebooks and just an original layout altogether. If I could make some suggestions for the next version, the following would be appreciated:

    - cream paper for the next version
    - please don’t include a decal on the cloth cover of the notebook as you did with the new writer. Although it’s not branding, it looks like it and takes away from the clean look and subtle aesthetic that is hard to find these days

    That’s all. I’m sure it will be great however it turns out because it always is. Thanks for great products!

  6. Gray Cross - My Favorite Journal 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Dec 2018

    This is, by far, my favorite journal. The gray crosses are present enough to provide a very natural guide, yet light enough to not distract from the content you imbue onto the pages. The paper is a joy to write on and the page count is conducive to those who write copiously. I am saddened to see them "taking a break" and hope to see them return to production soon.

  7. Best A5 Notebook Available! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Oct 2018

    The Crossfield is absolutely fantastic. The white Tomoe River paper is the perfect paper to showcase beautiful fountain pen inks. All of the best ink qualities are enhanced on this paper, especially sheen. The tiny cross grid is even better than the typical dot grid in other notebook brands. The only thing I could ask for is more frequent availability and a bookmark or two. But the lack of a bookmark really isn’t much of a problem since it’s easy to find covers that have bookmarks attached.

  8. The Perfect Journal 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Jul 2018

    Very happy with the beautifully made Crossfield. The grey cross grid although subtle is very helpful.
    Saddened to know that we will not be seeing this very popular item again any time in the near future. An odd decision.

  9. Love the paper 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jul 2018

    I've used many of the Seven Seas notebooks in the various sizes, and the only thing I would love to see at some stage is a version with half the number of pages. Like the Hobonichi Avec books. Thanks for making such a wonderful notebook!

  10. Fantastic! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Jun 2018

    I'm very happy I found your website, I purchased the Seven Seas Crossfield in A5 size.
    A beautiful well made book full of Tomoe river paper, great service and fast delivery to Canada.
    I'll be placing another order for a few accessories shortly.

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