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Seven Seas "WRITER" A5 Journal - 4th Edition

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Please note: This is the cream paper version of the Seven Seas Writer. The 7mm rule is printed in sepia-tone ink. For the foreseeable future, in the Writer only, we will be using cream paper.


Thanks to its cult-like following, Tomoe River paper needs no introduction, so onward to the Seven Seas Writer!

We like to think of the Seven Seas Writer not as a great fountain pen notebook, but rather as a great notebook that just happens to be fountain-pen-friendly. Therefore, regardless of your chosen writing instrument, you will enjoy this notebook's substantial page count (480), pleasant heft, subtle printed lines, lay-flat capability and unassuming character.

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 automated 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 impregnated cloth, stiffened through the use of a core board sandwiched between between it and the end sheets. You can use the book as-is, or put it inside a leather, cloth, paper, vinyl, fabric, etc. outer cover.

For more information, please read the Seven Seas Writer and Standard Notes and also the Seven Seas Tomoe River Journal Facts.




  • The notebook will lay flatter if you bend it back on itself. Don't be afraid to do this - the binding is very strong. there is no way the pages can fall out by themselves.
  • 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, 2B and softer leads work well.
  • Pencil marks erase very cleanly from this paper. Use a high-quality plastic eraser.
  • If you find the book a bit thick for your writing style, please read this.


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  • Size A5, 210x148mm, 8.3x5.8 inches
  • Cream-color Tomoe River "Notebook" paper
  • 480 pages (240 leaves) with rounded corners and 7mm lines
  • 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)

Except for a torn page, none of these issues 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 table.

Did you know that Hemingway wrote with a pencil? We like to think that, had he known about the Seven Seas Writer, he would have used a fountain pen. Here's the full story.


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  1. Beautiful journals. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Aug 2018

    I got my first Writer in 2016, and have been using the notebooks since. So far, I have filled 3 books, and am working through my 4th one.

    I would say, these notebooks are not just notebooks. They provide an entire experience. From the way the cover and the paper within, to the way ink glides and looks on the sheets, it all is part of the package which delivers an experience I would have never imagined could be brought by a notebook.

    Get it at your own risk -- you will be hooked.

  2. Best fountain pen journal ever 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Aug 2018

    Loved the simplicity of the binding and the front and back cover.Exceptional quality binding as I tend to throw my journal into my backpack when I am out and about. Paper quality is the best I have used and there is no bleed with my J Herbin Bleu Ocean and Emeraude de Chivor inks. There is really no need to use the blotting paper from my experience. I am really glad with the efficient shipping as well.

  3. Love it! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Aug 2018

    I purchased the writer as I am a fan of tomoe river paper. This is my first Nanami product, but certainly not my last!

  4. The Best 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Aug 2018

    The best notebook for journaling, no question.

  5. Im in love!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Aug 2018

    The most beautiful of Notebooks by far, my A5 Writer is a dream come true..love the creme paper with the sepia lines, so truly special...

  6. What to say that hasn't already been said? 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Jul 2018

    I don't have a new take on this fantastic notebook, but will add my voice to the chorus of those that praise this notebook most highly.

    I write A LOT (my main journal is is in the thousands of pages) and the Writer (or Crossfield) are by far the best I've ever used. Won't switch ever unless forced.

  7. Obsessed with this Notebook... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Jul 2018

    I've always loved stationary, and since getting deeper into the world of fountain pens, I've been disappointed many times by journals where ink bleeds through or doesn't shimmer the way it's meant to because the paper quality is in the garbage. The Nanami Seven Seas notebook is the answer to this quibbles and troubles. Ink looks astounding on this gorgeous paper, and even when I'm laying down heavy lines, I haven't had a single problem with bleedthrough. This smooth, amazing-feeling paper shows all the subtleties and nuances of my inks, and while in years past I've accumulated dozens of brands of notebooks to disappoint me, I think that trend may be ending and all I'll need are more Nanami notebooks. Thanks so much for an ASTOUNDING product!

  8. The exact notebook I have been searching for. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jul 2018

    Having been a pen and notebook enthusiast for years, it has been a long search to find what I was looking for. This notebook is perfect for using G2 ink by Pilot on, the writing is smooth, and the thin paper is perfect. I've tried all of the major companies available, and this has become my favorite. Worth the price, shipping was quick. I'd have a subscription purchase for this, if it was offered.

  9. Wonderful Journal! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Jul 2018

    This is by far the best journal I have ever owned. In addition to having 480 pages, it takes fountain pen ink marvelously and writes like a dream.

  10. Just What I Needed! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Jul 2018

    After growing quite tired of poor paper quality and ghosting issues with another well-known notebook manufacturer I started searching for an alternative. Someone suggested the Seven Seas, and I did hesitate initially because of the price. However, I went ahead and placed my order. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. It feels good in the hand, the paper is wonderful, and the binding is probably the best part. It lays flat and doesn't feel like it will start shedding pages. The storage box it ships in is nice, especially if you plan to keep the notebook for future reference. When this one is finished I will definitely be buying another.

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