Price has been lowered from $26 to $24!
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.
- 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
- Pages stuck together (rare)
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Posted by Unknown 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!
Posted by Judy on 18th Apr 2017
The only thing I wanted with previous versions of the Seven Seas Writer was maybe white paper, so I guess it's perfect now. The value was already very good but the price keeps going down! As for the ghosting, if you've used the cream paper writer before then I can't imagine the white paper would give you a problem; I don't see any discernable difference personally. I'm on my 12th notebook so yeah I obviously enjoy it a lot.
Posted by Blackhorse on 14th Apr 2017
Easy to review...it's the best there is.
Posted by Brad on 10th Apr 2017
Had to try the white paper and so glad I did ... the look and feel is just amazing and it's every bit as good to write on as the cream.
Looks great, feels great with that unmistakable smell of tomoe paper
Posted by JulieV on 4th Apr 2017
When I saw the updates for the new writer ; I just knew I had to have it. I have ordered 4 up until now and I must say this is THE BEST notebook I've ever owned. The white paper with the blue lines just give it that old school notebook feel ; it's absolutely amazing ! Fountain pens ; Watercolor ; even permanent marker all glide beautifully on this paper and its so worth it. This writer is the best one yet ! Superb !