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Seven Seas "WRITER" A5 Journal - 5th Edition

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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. Thought is not optional 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Jun 2017

    I wait without waiting. My mailbox is 2 feet from the edge of my front window; four feet from the left edge of my desk. I do not see the letter carrier place the parcel in the box, but- I feel I should check the mailbox. A box is there from The Golden State. I open the box with a Ken Onion Leek. I open the manila envelope the same way. Thank you for a re-usable envelope. I slide the notebook from the slip-case and smell the paper as I fan the pages. Ah. Another one has come home. I am not Kerouac or Lazarus Long, but I hold my notebooks as something to cherish. Writing in them is a physical, and emotional as well as psychical experience. Clairfontaine is different from Life, and Nanami is different from either of those. I only hope that someday, far in the future, several generations from mine, a third millenia scholar will BE ABLE to study my words and puzzle them out, a hundred years after I'm dust.
    Thank you my friend. Be sure that when others mock the merchant, I hold your chosen occupation in good regard. Where else is there NO compulsion?

  2. Best Notebook Ever! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Jun 2017

    First off all, super fast delivery. I live in Portugal and the notebook took only 5 days to arrive in perfect conditions. The notebook is high quality and I can say that this is the best notebook I've ever owned. Thank you Nanami!

  3. Perfection 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jun 2017

    I love everything about the Seven Seas Writer. Very simple yet very elegant little journal. The lines are fantastic and the spacing works really well for me and I like it very much how unobtrusive the lines are. I've never seen any other journal quite like this. It's amazing as it is exactly what I always thought my journal should be. I received my first Writer but a few days ago and I have already placed an order for a couple more today. I am very well pleased.

  4. Lines are slightly too wide for me 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jun 2017

    I bought a Writer way back when that had cream paper and it was absolutely wonderful! This was before each version was printed on the cover, so I don't know what edition it was.

    I was really happy to see this come in white paper! After using the white paper in the 1st ed. Crossfield and loving it even more than the cream, I just HAD to buy a couple Writers with white paper!

    My only complaint overall is that 7mm rule is just slightly wider than I prefer. If it were 6mm, it would be perfect for me! But my handwriting does look nice with the 7mm, and the paper and the construction are fantastic, so I keep buying them and will probably buy more in the future. :)

  5. Oh what a dream, white paper. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Jun 2017

    Yes! White paper! I own 2 Seven Seas writers but both are cream and i still loved them, but this is my all time favorite notebook now that it's white. Once I'm through the others I will be buying more of these.

  6. Wonderful paper 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th May 2017

    For anyone who may be interested, the Standard I bought last autumn arrived in one week to the UK and the Writer I ordered recently on a Friday took eight days, so pretty good delivery times.

    I found positives and negatives with the lines. On the one hand they're just a bit too light for me and I find it hard to write on them as they're a bit hard to see unless the light is excellent. On the other hand, if I want to use 6mm spacing I put a lined sheet behind the page and the printed lines don't get in the way. I really prefer neutral grey lines but that's just me. The excellent quality paper is a joy to riffle through afterwards!

  7. My favorite notebooks/journals 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th May 2017

    These truly are the best notebooks I have ever used. I've had pretty much every version of these notebooks since they were initially released. I've filled several of them with my ramblings, and I have 4 backups on my shelf. My biggest problem is that they are such luxurious journals that I'm loathed to fill them with my boring life. I keep buying extra copies thinking that eventually, I won't have that new-journal-syndrome if I have sufficient new Seven Seas books on my shelf. One of my favorite things about these journals is the size, which is a perfect fit for the Hobonichi Cousin covers. It's such a great way to dress up and protect the journal for carrying around on a daily basis.

  8. Good quality 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th May 2017

    great product and great service. Thank you!

  9. Insane build quality! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th May 2017

    I got this paper to use for a journal, and I have to say that the quality of the paper is amazing, it makes the ink sheen like nothing else. Then there's the binding. This is the only clothbound notebook I've ever used that will lay flat by itself, TOTALLY flat. I continue to be blown away by this paper and the whole notebook. My last one lasted nearly a year, hopefully this one will do the same.

  10. Perfect 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Apr 2017

    If I could give ten stars, I would. I have been using the Seven Seas Notebooks (primarily the Writer but also the Standard) consistently for a year and a half and they are truly the perfect notebook in every way. From start to finish, they are an absolute joy to write in. Can't wait to try out the 5th edition!

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