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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. 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!!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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! :)

  5. A Perfected Notebook at a Great Value! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Oct 2017

    Lies Flat!
    The paper is smooth and a pleasure to write on.
    Very fountain pen friendly!
    Minimal ghosting effects despite the thinness (magic of Tomoe RP).
    Beautiful white hued paper that is contrasting without being vivid with some calm to it.
    Sturdy build with stitched pages and durable cover.
    Unrivaled quantity of pages.
    Minimal branding that provides a more personal connection to the notebook.
    The lines are rows of dots that provide a very considerate and minimal restriction on creativity that is as close to a blank page as I have found while allowing easy straight lines (impressed me).
    7mm line width is basically college ruled and perfect IMO allowing comfortable use for all sized nibs in my collection (XF to 1.1 stub) without wasting space.
    Ink blotting paper is absolutely fantastic to counter longer dry times, especially for those certain inks I prefer (Air Corps).
    Very high value for the price!!!
    I converted from using Clairefontaine to solely Tomoe River Paper and now only Seven Seas because it lies so flat!!!! and what a pleasure that is!!
    Far and away exceeds my expectations for what I wanted out of a notebook. For the Triad of the fountain pen world (Pen, Ink, and Paper) this completes my requirement for Paper without any need to look elsewhere (Have already stockpiled a couple Writers, am using a Standard, and have a Cafe for when I need to be more mobile).

  6. The notebook I'll be reordering for years and years 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Oct 2017

    The Writer goes beyond what I would have considered the perfect notebook:
    Lies Flat!
    High Quality Tomoe River Paper, the most pleasurable paper to write on IMO, especially for fountain pens.
    The shade of white of the Tomoe River Paper is Beautiful!! It's not too bright, still has a calming feel to it, but does bring out the ink better and increases legibility.
    Sheer amount of pages!!!
    A great balance of having a soft yet sturdy cover.
    Minimal company branding (bottom of back cover so you can advocate and get others enthused) allowing for a more personal feeling of this notebook being yours.
    The lines are rows of adjacent dots providing the minimal amount of constriction lines have on creativity while allowing an ease of creative writing and organized expression (I prefer blank pages for creativity, but there is no better lined notebook for coming close to the feeling of a blank page and I really appreciate that because lines do make it easier for creative writing).
    And it's relatively light for the amount you get and the quality of the construction.
    Lies Flat!!!!
    I like that it comes with a blotting paper.
    I really like the value : )

  7. Best paper. Best notebook (A5). 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Sep 2017

    Tomoe River paper coupled with the best stitched-bound notebook results in best value money can buy. Enough said. You fountain pen users, try one (or two, three...)!

  8. great value 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Sep 2017

    Nice thin tomoe river paper. Very fp friendly. I love how the lines disappear after you have written in it.

  9. Third purchase 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Aug 2017

    Bought this product three times so far and for the first time I have not been clobbered for import duty here in the UK . Result. Love these journals to write in. They are not for scribbling shopping lists and tearing pages out of. They love good ink with sheen and for inks that shimmer. I have over 100 inks of which maybe 10 have sheen and 1 is a shimmer. Ordered on a Monday delivered to

  10. Shipping is so fast I think they teleported my order! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Aug 2017

    So I purchased the B5 through Amazon and that is how I found this awesome website. The A5 is the perfect size with so many pages that I am over the moon. I love the enclosed ink blotting sheet very much appreciated (I purchased a set just because I know I will be using my extensive fountain collection in these journals. All in all, a great product at a great price with great customer service. Thank you!

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