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Seven Seas "CROSSFIELD" A5 Grid Journal

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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. Gorgeous and elegant 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Mar 2018

    I am delighted with this beautiful journal. The paper is luscious, my fountain pen loves it. I do too.

  2. So far so good! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Feb 2018

    I have been desperately wanting a journal with TR paper to show of some of the beautiful sheening inks I have collected, so I was so excited to find the Seven Seas! And for the most part, I am thrilled with it. The paper is so beautiful and even though it is much thinner than the Leuchtturm and STM journals I am coming from, the ghosting is no more apparent. Ink looks incredible and I am finding extra reasons to write, just to enjoy how the pen glides on the paper.
    Coming from hard bound journals, I am missing the hard covers. I can be tough on my books and like to throw them in my bag. But I don't want dog ear-ing and crumpled papers. I may have to invest in a cover-that just isn't my ideal. :) In a dream world, this journal would have a hard cover, with a band to hold it closed. I can live without bookmarks, but one would be a nice touch. I also do love a pen holder, but could happily add one myself.
    Overall, I am happy with my new Seven Seas and look forward to documenting the year in it. Thanks for a great book!

  3. Thank you 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Feb 2018

    My first ever Crossfield arrived yesterday. Thank you for the fast delivery, didn't expect it until Wednesday. I've only dared to write my name so far using my favorite green ink. What a joy this paper is for my fountain pen. The journal itself is so elegant. I'm spoiled for the rest of my life. Thank you, Dave for the excellent service and the beautiful product. Barb

  4. Probably the best all-around journal for fountain pens 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Feb 2018

    I love this notebook and already ordered a second one, just in case it's out of stock once I fill the first one up.

    I love the feel of the thin Tomoe River paper, and its amazing ability to take ink without feathering or soaking through.

    Like a few other reviewers, I'd love to see bookmark ribbons, but other than that, it's basically perfect.

  5. Paper is too thin for me 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Feb 2018

    I hesitate giving a 3 star review on this as I knew the paper would be thin going into it and there certainly is a specialness to this paper. I can understand why people like it. However, there are a couple issues I had not heard anyone mention. I think the reviews I've read are all about spot on regarding Tomoe River Paper. Except for me, I use a journal outdoors a lot and the paper is easily blown and/or doesn't hold up as well as thicker paper. I also don't use both sides of this paper because of how thin it is, which is not a huge issue given the number of pages.

    Another thing to note about thin Tomoe River paper, after you have written on many pages and you want to flip back through to find something, it's quite difficult as there are so many pages and the pages are so thin that you almost have to turn page by page rather than fanning through to find a page. If you re-visit your journal entries, notes, sketches, etc. often or go back to find things, it is not as convenient as notebooks with thicker paper than Tomoe River.

  6. Great notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Feb 2018

    This notebook is just what I was waiting for. The grey lines are subtle yet sharp, and they don't dominate the page. Can't wait to put this one to use and pick up another!

  7. Almost perfect 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Feb 2018

    So far, this (Crossfield 3rd edition) is the best notebook I've ever used - A5 is the right size, it has more pages at lower weight and thickness than other notebooks, as many pages as 5 staple bound notebooks. Of course, ink shows through, but it never bleeds, and writing on this paper is smooth as butter.

    I waited on getting a notebook from Nanami until they re-released a proper Crossfield - with a cross grid rather than a full grid. I want the guides of a grid, but a full grid just gets in the way. I'm glad I saw the 3rd edition before I went and ordered a Rhodia instead. The crosses are unobtrusively printed - small and light. I don't know how the original blue crosses were, but I like the grey, and it won't clash with any of my color inks.

    So why 4 stars, not 5? I really wish I could get a version of this with two more features: pre-numbered pages and 2-3 thin bookmark ribbons.

  8. Best overall journal 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Feb 2018

    Put simply, this is the best overall journal that I've used. Tomoe river paper is great, and it's amazing how many pages are in this journal, while still being relatively thin. No complaints at all.

  9. Perfect Bullet Journal 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Jan 2018

    The little crosses are much easier to use than dots. I absolutely love this paper for bullet journaling or anything really. The crosses are subtle yet easy to use for perfectly straight lines. The only thing I'd like to see differently in a future version would be the print to go all the way to the edges. Fantastic work as always.

  10. perfect notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Jan 2018

    I absolutely love this notebook. The paper is beautiful, especially for fountain pen inks & I love its crinkly sound! The 5mm cross/dot grid works well (though it’s quite dark) and I love the total simplicity of the layout.
    There is a huge number of pages. I have been using it for my work bullet journal and it’s ideal, because there’s more than enough space for a whole year, with room to spare.
    Highly recommended.

    Note from Dave: The crosses are actually fairly light, but since the paper is thin, they appear darker because of the crosses blending in from the subsequent pages. Note also that we can't make them much lighter - printing ink is waterproof, and a light color would show up against dark water-based fountain pen inks. So I think the current color is a balance between the repellent nature of FP inks and the need to be as un-distracting on the page as possible.

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