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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. Ideal Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Mar 2017

    I have used numerous notebooks and honestly, this one blows them all away. I can't get over the page count and how light the journal is...if you're one the fence about purchasing, get off the fence right now and go for it. It's amazing and worth every penny.

  2. love it! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Mar 2017

    Love this thing. Oddly wish they had thinner / fewer page versions. It's pretty thick n I have a difficult time writing on the edge of the page.

  3. Yes, It Really Is That Good 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Mar 2017

    All the good things you've heard about Tomoe River paper and the Seven Seas notebooks are true. It really is that good. And, in my experience, there's nothing quite like it.

    I used it for journaling. I'm on my second one now -- evidently I go through about one every two months -- and I have four blank ones on the shelf, waiting, because I'm afraid they'll go out of stock. I'll probably order more soon.

    The quality of the paper, the tactile feel of the cover, the strength and flexibility of the binding... all unmatched.

    So, obviously I am an enthusiest. But, there are a couple things to be aware of.

    1) I don't know how these things are made, but they don't seem like a machine factory product. There is some variation, and sometimes you get some quirks... signatures where the paper has a small crimp, or signatures where the rule lines don't match up perfectly across a page spread. Ordinarily, that sort of thing would bother me. With this notebook, it just doesn't. It's a miniscule factor compared to everything else, and even gives each notebook a bit of character.

    On a related note... I have a Seven Seas Standard that was sold as a factory second. I bought that because it's all that was in stock. And... it's fine! I see why it was marked as a second: on the binding, along the "corner" between the binding and the back cover, the edge stands a bit proud from the rest of the binding. It's not a problem, and if I put it in a cover, it will be completely undetectable. In future, I may order seconds by choice, since you save several dollars.

    2) The factors that make the Tomoe River paper so good and so fountain-pen friendly have a downside... the (very thin) paper is so dense and smooth that many -- in fact most -- fountain pen inks will smear when handled, even after the ink is well and truly dried. I don't have hundreds of inks... I own or have sampled maybe two dozen. Of those, I have found five that do not and will not smear: each of the standard Pilot inks -- Blue, Black, and Blue Black (Pilot Blue Black is my favorite go-to workhorse ink) -- and two "Bulletproof" Noodler's, Hunter Green and Fox Red. (These are the only two bulletproof Noodler's ink I have tried; I plan to try more.) Diamine inks, so good in other respects, smear terribly on this paper. Pilot Iroshizuku inks, which are wonderful, smear slightly. J. Herbin Perle Noire does pretty well, but the occasional smear will happen.

    Even with those provisos, though, I cannot recommend this notebook highly enough.

  4. Cannot get enough. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jan 2017

    The Writer was my second Seven Seas notebook. All of the Seven Seas notebooks I've used have surpassed my expectations, and I will continue to purchase them as my primary notebooks as long as they exist.

  5. Excellent product 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jan 2017

    I LOVE the tomoe river paper notebook I purchased, the quality is superb and lots and lots of pages. Fountain pen is delightful on this paper and I am very happy with this.
    Absolutely love this company.

  6. It's all Good! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Jan 2017

    Love writing with a fountain pen on tomoe river paper! it's everything I had read it would be. It's 100% completely fountain pen friendly. There are tons of pages available to last for some time given the thinness of the paper in a compact carry. Even though the paper is thin show through is not a problem and I can write front and back on the pages. Love it!

  7. Impressive quality 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Jan 2017

    I switched to this journal from a brand name daily planner for tracking tasks, appointments, etc for work. Paying more than 40 dollars for subpar paper that bled through got to be too much for me. I couldn't be happier with the switch. My pens (mainly fountain) work wonderful. While you can see that there is writing on the page when view from the other side, it is so faint it doesn't impact using both sides. I highly recommend it!

  8. Seven Seas Writer 4th Edition 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Jan 2017

    This is the third one I've bought. If only Tomoe River made a letter writing weight paper. No one knows the benefits of this fountain pen friendly paper until they write on it. But this 52gsm paper does make a fabulous journal with 480 pages in this slim fountain pen friendly journal, complete with its own cloth bound semi hard slipcase.

  9. The search for the perfect notebook is over 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Dec 2016

    I love my seven seas writer notebook! I am using it as my everything notebook-- academic work, personal thoughts, and creative writing. It's used in the sprit of a commonplace notebook/personal journal. I use a Lamy fountain pen and the Palomino 602 for most of my writing-- it is all good. Pair this notebook with the gfeller cover and you are good to go!

  10. Notebook Nirvana Reached! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Dec 2016

    I've been on the look out for a nice, big journal for my writer's notebook and stumbled upon this. It's everything I could ever want: A5 size, Tomoe paper, and lots and lots of pages! Truely satisfied with this notebook!

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