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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. excellent books 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Jul 2018

    The Writer fits a custom hard leather journal cover that I have and makes it so much easier to use than hard cover books. The paper takes my fountain pen ink very well, without bleeding through. I will always order two Writers at a time!

  2. Quality like it used to be. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jul 2018

    This notebook is expensive. There is that up front. Its a $26 notebook. Now that were past that this notebook quality is exactly what I have been looking for with paper that while thin feels wonderful to write on. The Writer's slightly cream colored pages are easy on the eyes and the line spacing leaves enough room to make revisions after the original penning. Any other mass produced notebook will disintegrate if folded back on itself but this one welcomes it and encourages you to use the book how you will. They are that confident in the quality of their product. You get what you pay for here I regret nothing about this purchase.

  3. I found a better mousetrap! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Jul 2018

    I became aware of Tomoe River paper in Goulet Nation and its availability as a journal at Nanami Paper in Fountain Pen Network. The Seven Seas journal takes up only 25% of my shelf space as an equal number of pages in my old journals. It is very fountain pen friendly, with no bleed through, even with over-writes. Feathering is non-existent (I'm using a medium nib), and show through is barely visible and non-distracting.The page ruling is just faint enough to guide my hand while writing, and is virtually invisible on a fully written page. The creators of the Seven Seas Journal have obviously had input from seasoned journal writers. My only disappointment was that the faux leather cover was out of stock when I ordered the journal. Will certainly buy it with my next order.

  4. Best notebook with the best paper. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Jul 2018

    This is the best notebook for fountain pen use without question. First, the construction is exceptional. The binding allows the notebook to lay truly flat. The cover is surprisingly solid, and the sleeve that it comes in is actually useful for storing the notebook.
    Second, the Tomoe River is far and away the best fountain pen paper on the market. Not only does it allow your pens to write true-to-size (unlike other "premium" brands"), the paper is VERY consistent. You get the exact same exception writing experience every time you write. There aren't any funny spots or anything like that. This paper allows your pens to flow in a way that is difficult to describe. And ink just looks marvelous on the page. The lines on the Writer are somewhat faint. You can see them when you're writing, but they are not obtrusive in the slightest. It is a nice balance.

    Overall I am very pleased with this notebook. I am looking forward to filling its pages.

  5. Awesome 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Jul 2018

    Before I use this Tomoe River paper to write i was using Mont Blanc note book 146. Was decided to try it out and guess what!!! It was amazing this paper is so smooth! Kinda regret only brought two of this product, definitely will buy it more in the near future.

  6. Seven Seas Writerh 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jun 2018

    As always the best notebook for fountain pen ever. So well constructed, nicely boxed, and come with a blotter. I use the box to stor them in when I am finished with the journal. These are fantastic and well worth the price. I recommend these to anyone that wants perfection in a notebook!

  7. My favorite journal 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jun 2018

    I've been a fan of the Seven Seas Writer for a few years now. The Writer has everything I look for in a journal: it lies flat; the paper is perfect for fountain pens (though ink does have a tendency to smear sometimes, it's something I can live with because of the pure joy I get when putting pen to paper); and it has a lot of pages without being too heavy or cumbersome to carry. While I use other journals from time to time, this is definitely my favorite and I am so happy that the cream paper is back!

  8. Simply The Best 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jun 2018

    The first thing I look at in a notebook or journal is the binding. It does not matter how good the paper is if the pages are going to come apart and scatter in the wind. This notebook has the best binding I have seen, regardless of price. The paper is arranged in many small signatures (sections), each one being sewn. This construction allows the notebook to lie flat, even on the first and last pages. The cover is flexible but not "floppy" like some plastic covers. I use it with the cover. The second thing I look at is the quality of the paper, and this is Tomoe Riiver. Enough said about that. The lines are faint enough to be unobtrusive with a 7mm ruling. This is the best Notebook I have used.

  9. Fantastic notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jun 2018

    My order was delivered unbelievably fast. Submitted my order Friday night, delivered to my door on the East coast on Monday. Wow! As for the writer notebook, I love it!! It’s fabulous— a joy to write in, takes all my fountain pens beautifully. I will keep buying from this company as long as these notebooks are available here.

  10. Best notebook I've ever had. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jun 2018

    I'm on my fourth now and it continues to be a winner of a notebook. Great with a variety of fountain pen inks. Takes a beating with around-the-world travel. Continues to be a winner.

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