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.
- 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.
- Cheap Notebook Cover and Insert
- MF Faux Leather A5 Notebook Cover with bookmark
- Seven Seas + Gfeller Kip leather cover
- Herz of Japan Italian leather covers
- Super Clips and Mini Clips
- Hard or soft writing mats - Order size A5; larger works well too
- Blotter paper - Order size A5 (please note that the notebook already comes with one sheet)
- 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):
- Rippled pages
- A subtle "waviness" on the edge of the book block
- 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 (email@example.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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Posted by Matt 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!
Posted by Greg in the UK 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.
Posted by Amy 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!
Posted by Unknown 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!
Posted by Julie agnello on 18th Dec 2016
Normally lines are not my forte. I own one of all the nanami tomoe river paper notebooks and I just had to get the ones with the lines. It has cream paper , and surprisingly I was shocked with how much I truly enjoyed the lines ! They are very subtle and the spacing is very nice , it adds for a very nice notebook all togerher , and it's the one with the black cover so it's a must ! Beautifully crafted notebook , if you're thinking about getting it and you're reading this review , buy it now ! You won't regret it !
Posted by Silv on 10th Dec 2016
The 'writer' notebook from Nanimipaper has become my favourite daily notebook. It lies perfectly flat when open, the paper is Tomoe River fountain pen friendly paper, lightly ruled. The ink shows up amazing sheen on this paper with no bleed through. The binding quality is... incredible! Matched up with the Gfeller cover, superb. Worth the cost.
Posted by Vince on 6th Dec 2016
Although this isn't the most bargain friendly notebook, its worth every penny. It's very well contructed, and of course, the paper is magnificent. This paper is very thin, but is fountain pen friendly. I write in my notebook, extensively for work. The 480 page count ensures that it will take some time to fill this notebook.
Posted by RIck Mangus on 28th Nov 2016
This is the second set of Seven Seas Writers I have ordered. The quality of paper/binding/packaging everything is superb. This paper is very fountain pen friendly and I recommend it to anyone that wants to have a medium where they can express themselves beautifully.
Posted by Brett Westphal on 16th Nov 2016
The Seven Seas Writer is an integral part of my daily writing routine. I use other paper during my day for work and different projects however none measure up to my Seven Seas Writer. I usually have 10 or so pens inked so I switch pens after every page. The nibs range from EF to music and the paper never bleeds through or compromises the integrity of a single word. I have 100 notebooks and while I use most of them, all pale in comparison to my Seven Seas Writer.
Posted by Paul Hamilton on 14th Nov 2016
A very nice journal that takes any fountain pen ink that I can through at it. There are more pages in this journal than any other journal I have come across. I write a lot in my "daily journal" and have been disappointed in other journals that only last two to three months.
This is a great value.
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