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Seven Seas "CROSSFIELD" A5 Journal 2nd Edition

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Announcement: This version of the Crossfield has been printed with a full grid, replacing the individual crosses of the original Crossfield. Spacing remains the same at 5mm, with 15mm top and bottom margins. 

Note #1: We've found that, compared to cream Tomoe River, white Tomoe River is a bit more see-through - thus you may be able to see, very slightly, the lines from the prior or following sheet, giving a slight "out of focus" effect. If it's bothersome, Just place something thin (like another sheet of paper or a transparent writing mat) underneath, and the ghosting will disappear.

Note #2: A few people asked why we went with a full grid, and why the margins? Well, regarding the grid, a lot of customers asked about it - and I try to accommodate requests that are possible to put into production (as opposed to, say, page numbering, which would be too expensive in a low production operation such as ours). A full grid is definitely doable in that respect, and the cross-grid had already gone through several runs, so we thought we would try it.

As for the margins, that was my idea, for a couple reasons: First, looking at thousands of notebook entries, I found that hardly anyone uses the top and bottom 10-15% of any page (for handwriting anyway), thus any printing in those areas seemed unnecessary. So, I could have left it blank, but instead decided to add some visual interest, partly inspired by the "drafting paper" layout, which has title boxes at the top and bottom.


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 52 gsm "Notebook" paper
  • 5mm grid with 15mm top and bottom margins
  • 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. Stuck-together 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 journal 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Aug 2017

    So I purchased the B5 through Amazon and that is how I found this awesome website. The A5 is the perfect size with so many pages that I am over the moon. I love the enclosed ink blotting sheet very much appreciated (I purchased a set just because I know I will be using my extensive fountain collection in these journals. All in all, a great product at a great price with great customer service. Thank you!

    I am new to the crossfield, so I look forward to using this to (dare I say) improve my fountain pen writing.

    Very pleased :)

  2. Amazing 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jul 2017

    I really like the crossfield. The paper is amazing, the build is superb. My only gripe is that you've changed the print, or rather that there is no option to get the previous one. But the 5 stars are because the print is my personal preference, in all other aspects the book is great!
    I'm an architect and having the crossfield with only the crosses and no dotted lines allows me to ignore the grid when I don't need it for drawing but use it to align my writing. So it's the most versatile notebook I've ever had.
    If you decide to bring back the previous print I'll be eternally grateful.

  3. stunning journal 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Jul 2017

    I bought this because I've seen so many people rave about theirs and the paper quality. I received mine this morning and I think I'm in love. I don't know what I'll be using this journal for yet but it's just stunning!!! I've never used tomoe river paper so I can't wait to get stuck in

  4. Love the Crossfield but... 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Jul 2017

    Ivve used the Standard and two 1st Edition Crossfields and loved all three. I used the Standard as my art journal and it's excellent when using inks and watercolor. No bleedthrough! I've used the Crossfields as my one journal for bullet journaling, my planner for school and also for art journal. I may be in the minority but I did use the entire space available. The blue crosses were perfect for designing layouts without being obtrusive. I could live with the grids but the boxes would be useless and distracting for me. I hope you will consider bringing back the 1st edition or at least remove the boxes because I love everything about the 1st edition. I've recommended this journal to several of my students and colleagues who purchased them so they will also be disappointed with the new design.

  5. Amazing product! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Jul 2017

    This was my second Nanami Seven Seas notebook - love the paper and the quality of the notebooks.

    Looking forward to my next one!

  6. I love, but I don't love the boxes 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Jun 2017

    Everything about this journal is great and exactly what I've always been looking for but could never find...except for the wasted space that is the boxes at the top and bottom. Because of these boxes, the pages don't look as neat and streamlined and the writer is also being restricted due to the manufacturer deciding where to write and where not to. I would like to decide this. It would also be much more versatile if it were just crosses, not a full grid. Please bring back the first edition I've been hearing so much about - I'll be waiting.

    message from dave@nanamipaper:

    Hi, thanks for your feedback. However, most likely, we are not bringing back the Crossfield. This will most likely be the last run.

  7. Love this! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Jun 2017

    Love this journal - however, would love it if they brought back the crosses again - I love the paper and the grid but the best one was the little crosses. Regardless, the quality is awesome - I just wish it would come back with the little cross option for A5 and Café.

  8. Love this but not a fan of the full grid 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Jun 2017

    In January I got back into journaling & started to collect fountain pens. I searched all over for the perfect journal and a few friends directed me to Nanami Seven Seas. I decided to try the Crossfield 1st edition because I was intrigued by the dots.

    I was OBSESSED with that journal. I finished it in about 3 months and came back here to get another one, only to find that my beloved dot grid had been replaced by a full grid. I was so sad! I have a Hobonichi that I use every day, but I cannot use it for journaling because the grid is too small & I feel way too cramped to actually write out pages of my thoughts. Also, I'm a bold nib user, so the grid def. doesn't work for me.

    I decided to try the Writer, but the lines are spaced too widely and I'm already flying through it. I also don't really like how my handwriting looks in it. I might have to try the Standard with a guide sheet, but I'd really love to be able to get the 1st edition of the Crossfield again. If that came back I'd probably buy 10 in one order because I loved it so much.

  9. First Edition 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jun 2017

    I've been using the first edition Crossfield for the past two months and I absolutely LOVE IT. I buy dot grid paper whenever it's available, because I like for the printed lines to fade into the background so that the ink color can really shine. Unfortunately, the selection of dot grid-printed Tomoe River paper is almost ZILCH. So I was so happy to find the Crossfield! The printed cross pattern is so cute and provides enough guidance without overwhelming the page.

    I was really disappointed to see that the second edition of the Crossfield is so drastically different. On one hand, I'm intrigued by the grid because I like the dotted lines in between the crosses, but I worry the lines would ultimately stand out too much and I dislike the boxes at the top and bottom of the page.

    If the original version of the Crossfield comes back, I will buy 2039820348 of them (an exaggeration, but I would definitely buy a lot of them)!!! If the next version is a full grid without the header/footer boxes, I might try that out, but I would LOVE a return to the first edition!

    The construction of the Seven Seas journals has always been amazing, and the first edition Crossfield I have is no different. I highly recommend any journal in this line. Though the second edition layout of this one isn't for me, the first edition has been perfect!

  10. I love the 1st and this 2 if some changes were made. 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Jun 2017

    This is my 4th Seven Seas journal. I bought the writers because it was the only book of its kind with TomoeRiverPaper which I LOVE. I've been waiting for a grid so when the 1st Crossfield came out I was happy but wanted a full grid. Now that I own this current Crossfield I would prefer a full grid or full grid with the top box that is currently on it. If this second edition is continued, I'll go to the blank Seven Seas.

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