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Seven Seas "WRITER" A5 Journal - 5th Edition

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The Writer is out of stock - no definite ETA but we may bring it back around Spring or Summer. Since we are using white paper in the Standard and Crossfield, we decided that if we do bring back the Writer, we will go back to the original Cream paper and sepia-toned lines.


Due to many requests, we bound this latest edition of the "Seven Seas Writer" with WHITE paper - same as the Standard and the Crossfield. We also replaced the sepia-tone lines with blue lines - blue on white being a tradition dating back at least 150 years. We also wanted the lines to be  easily overpowered by nearly any type of writing instrument - fountain pen, pencil, ballpoint, etc. - so that they disappear as you work. Thus, we've retained the "tiny-dot" line pattern.

Note: We've found that, compared to cream, the white paper is a bit more see-through - thus you may be able to see, very slightly, the lines from the prior or following sheet. Just place something thin (like another sheet of paper or a transparent writing mat) underneath, and the ghosting will disappear.

One last thing - we've lowered the price from $26 to $24. This marks our 5th price reduction since producing this notebook - from $36 to $32 to $28 to $26 and now to $24. We've been able to do this through greater volume and better shipping rates from Japan. That's a good thing, right?


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
  • White Tomoe River 52 gsm "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. Pages stuck together (rare)
  4. Possible other minor variations

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. Waiting! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Apr 2018

    I check this page once a week to see if the Writer is finally back in stock. I hope it comes back soon! The smaller Cafe sizes are nice, but my favorite size is A5.

  2. Please bring the Writer back! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Mar 2018

    I really don't care what color the lines and paper are -- please just bring the Writer back. I've had two now and they're the perfect "brain dump" journals. I love these and will definitely use them again if you bring them back!

  3. Ready for Another Writer : Please Bring Them Back! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Feb 2018

    Early last spring, I picked up a Writer and have been absolutely loving it. The quality of the paper is what is expected of Tomoe River, and the binding has kept up extremely well to a year of abuse as my daily journal.

    I came back to order another as I'm nearing the end of the journal, and am sad to see that there aren't any definite plans to bring the Writer back in stock.

    Hopefully this review and the other below me will convince Nanami to bring this wonderful lined journal back!

  4. Please Writer back! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Feb 2018

    For the price and quality, these are the best TR notebooks out there. Writer is my favorite so that my writing is straight. I don't typically write reviews, so I hope this will help to bring it! I loved the original cream color and settled for the white. But please, please bring it back!! I've already gone thru 4-5 and have given them to family as gifts which they love as well.

  5. Ready for another Writers Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Feb 2018

    I came here to buy another Writer's Notebook as mine is almost finished. It's my favorite A5 and I am so sad to see they won't be available again until spring or summer! I need one now! Guess I'll have to find an alternative until they're back. My preference would be for you to go back to the cream paper with sepia lines. That is lovely! Thank you for making a quality product and hope to see it back soon!

  6. Time for a new journal 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jan 2018

    I am on the last few pages of my Writer journal. Not sure what edition it is but I bought it a few years ago. I LOVE this journal. I use it for everything. Just received a new journal, one with blank pages, as the Writer is not in stock, and am about to begin writing in it. I hope I like it as much as the Writer. Have also ordered the one with the grid so I can test them all thoroughly. Who knows, there might be a new favourite. But it would have to go a long way to beat my well-used, well-loved, almost full Writer.

  7. So Stoked! Cream w/Sepia lines coming back 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Jan 2018

    I recently started using the Nanami Seven Seas Standard (Blank), and I could not be happier. It took a little getting used to the Tomoe River Paper, but I love the journal and I am hooked on SS. The cover, the binding, the paper, the look, feel, and smell, ahhh. Even better with the Herz of Japan Leather Cover.

    That being said, I realized that for daily writing I would prefer a lined journal... The only tinge of disappointment that I had was that there was not a cream colored paper option (even better with sepia toned lines).

    Well, voilĂ : it looks like my dream has come true -- I do truly hope that the SS Writer comes back soon in cream/sepia!!!

  8. Always Order a Spare! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Dec 2017

    This paper is amazing for fountain pens, even my collection which is full of broad and flex nibs! A joy to write on, this journal's paper brings out the best nuances an ink may have.

    Because they are made in batches, they can be out of stock for a few months at a time. While inconvenient, THIS JOURNAL IS WORTH IT. I always order a spare to tide me over.

  9. Bring back the smoother paper, please 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Nov 2017

    I bought my first Seven Seas journal (4th edition) about two years ago, and was not disappointed. I loved the number of pages, the colour, the quality, and the smoothness of the paper.

    Last night I began writing in my new Seven Seas journal (5th edition), and immediately noted a difference. It's not just the colour and the lines. I don't mind white, though I prefer cream. But the paper is not as smooth as before. You can feel the difference to the touch, and it is even more noticeable when you write with a fountain pen.

    I'm not going to stop buying the product, because I still think it is better than anything else available, but I am disappointed that the distinct smoothness is not the same as before. I guess perfection is difficult to sustain long term.

    Note from Dave: The White paper has a slightly different texture than the Cream paper. Some people prefer more tooth, others prefer less.

  10. A high quality product 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Oct 2017

    I bought the Seven Seas Writer 5th edition. It's without doubt a high quality product made by people who care about what they make. Unfortunately it makes all other notebooks pale in comparison. I don't know if I can ever use anything other than Seven Seas notebooks! :)

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