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Seven Seas "CROSSFIELD" A5 Journal 2nd Edition

Price has been lowered from $26 to $24!

Announcement: This next 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 order 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 no one 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 (back in high school, I LOVED drafting class). The Hobonichi Techou is another inspiration, with its large date field at the top, and the quotes at the bottom. I used a Hobo for several years until I downsized to a smaller planner (page-per-week instead of page-per-day). I still use a journal, and the advantage here is that the margins are not as busy as the Hobo and IMO more space-efficient.

So, that's the story.



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 gridwith 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. a gorgeous notebook but....... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Apr 2017

    I really love the new grid that is in the second edition of the croosfield, however I just don't see the point of the 3 large oblongs at the bottom of the page, the one at the top is fine as I'm using it as a journal so I can pop the date here but the bottom ones are just a bit useless, and a waste of valuable journaling space, I'm just going to cover them with Washi tape as I really do love everything else about the cross field, the cover is a gorgeous wine red colour and very sturdy and the paper is amazingly smooth,light but as others have said stands up to fountain pen use with no bleed thru and very light ghosting.So Dave if you're reading this a huge thank you for another gorgeous journal but if you redesign it again please leave out the bottom oblongs. :)

  2. Customer Service as Excellent as the Notebooks! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Apr 2017

    My first two came in dented, and within hours I had a response from Dave who is just wonderful. I returned the two and ended up adding a third to my order. Frankly, I will probably buy another two (for the max 5) because I think I need another one for work ;)
    The grid is light and gentle, easy to paint over or write on. Guiding, without being distracting (I find the Taroko Enigma dots too dark for painting)
    The paper is thin, light, doesn't bleed or feather, as Tomoe River is famous for. It does ghost, which to me shows "use" and I love the look of ghosted paper.
    The notebook itself has a beautiful cover made of a thick cardstock type material and covered with a lovely red texture. Perfect for adding a leather or other material cover to. Holds up on it's own.
    I can't get enough of these! They really live up to all the hype, and NanamiPaper really lives up to all the good reviews!
    Thank you so much! We are enjoying our notebooks!

  3. Phenomenal 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Apr 2017

    Just received my first Seven Seas Crossfield 2nd edition in the mail, and I must say it's even better than I expected. I've never used tomoe river paper, so this is very exciting. The fact that nanami paper uses such high quality paper, and sells these books from CA, the $30 or so is totally worth it. I've used the Quo Vadis Habana,Leuchtturm1917, and Kokuyo Campus notebooks, and this Crossfield blows them all out of the water. I do wish I had purchased the faux leather notebook cover, because although the Crossfield front and back cover seems semi-sturdy, I can see it getting damaged pretty quickly if I ever carry it around with me in my backpack. Also the writing pad is a good idea because the pages are so thin. All in all, the fact that you're even aware that this company exists means you know why you should get this notebook. Or don't. It'll leave more for me =).

  4. So glad I got this. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Mar 2017

    My second Crossfield. LOVE the cross grid! Totally excellent in all regards. I can't say enough good about this. I had it sent to a friend who made a custom leather cover. My review of that shows the Crossfield as well. Love it. Love it. Love it.


    Thanks Seven Seas.