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Seven Seas "WRITER" A5 Journal - 6th Edition

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Please note: This is the 6th Edition Writer without the small gold stamp on the front cover. I've removed the stamp to cut down on costs. Other than that, no changes.


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,  52gsm
  • 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. I wish I had found these notebooks sooner. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Sep 2019

    These notes books are a bargain compared to Moleskin and Rhodia for the number of pages you get and the quality of the paper. I prefer writing with a fountain pen and the ink absorbs the fastest compared to other notebooks I've used. I will definitely be buying more of these.

  2. What an awesome notebook! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Aug 2019

    I am working on a project to hand write (copy) the Bible. I decided on this notebook after reading some reviews on different sites. This notebook has been absolutely phenomenal for this purpose. I use 05 Micron pens and they do not bleed through. You can see a little bit of show through, but it is not bad. Sort of similar to a Bible with the thin pages. My plan is to buy a few more of these, since one will not be enough for my project! I use the blotter paper it came with and the soft writing mat. It has a great feel.

  3. Seven Seas Writer, 6th Edition 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Aug 2019

    I've been using a copy of The Standard for a while, and have found myself wishing that it had the faintest of lines. I was curious to see The Writer in person to see whether the lines were really as light as they appear in the photos. In fact, they appear to be even lighter, which is great in my opinion. They will help you write in straight lines, but will not detract from the overall appearance. I haven't actually written in it yet, but I suspect the lines will be pretty much invisible once there is writing on the page.

    This product is everything I hoped for and have come to expect from Nanami Paper, and I will probably order a few more before too long.

  4. my preferred journal since 2013 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Aug 2019

    I'm on my 8th Seven Seas Writer and have just ordered two more. The paper is the most satisfying I've ever used and the format of the Nanami Writer is just excellent: lies flat, is superbly bound, and has an abundance of pages. Many thanks to Dave at Nanami for these superb notebooks.

  5. love the way!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Aug 2019

    I love Tomoe River Paper. It's the best kind. I use Uni Jetstream 0.5 pen and also Montblanc Fountain pen with Fine nib when I write and they feel so smooth on the paper I just love it. Also I love how notebook opens up completely flat no matter what part of the notebook you open (beginning, middle or end). Customer service is great too. My first delivery had a problem with the quality of the notebook (not the venders fault), but I contacted them and they took care of it immediately!

  6. So happy with this purchase 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Aug 2019

    I hemmed and hawed over purchasing a FP-friendly notebook for journaling for a few weeks. This one had caught my eye on Reddit, but, with shipping, it was a little pricier than I initially was willing to go.

    I eventually gave in and ordered one, and I am so happy I did. I've been using it for about two weeks now and love (almost) everything about it. The paper is *amazing* and works wonderfully with every pen and ink I've tried in it so far. The binding is top-notch and allows for "breaking" the spine without risk of losing any pages. The cover material also helps in this regard, as it is soft enough to bend at the spine without damage.

    I get excited every time I pull this out to write in (usually a couple times a day). I see some other reviewers aren't in love with the logo, but I actually like it. That said, whether they keep using it or not is not a deal breaker for me.

    My one and only issue with this notebook -- and I realize this is subjective -- is that I wish the lines were printed just a hair darker. I like that they're light, but I struggle to see them at all in many lighting conditions. That said, it hardly detracts from my overall love of this notebook, so I don't feel the need to subtract a star for it.

    I will absolutely be purchasing more Seven Seas notebooks in the future.

  7. My favorite notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Aug 2019

    I have purchased 4 of the seven seas writer notebooks now and every time I wite in one it brings me pleasure. The cream tomoe river and the lightly colored ruling is simply an amazing combination. As you write in this notebook, the ruling seemingly dissappears as the ink takes the eye away from seeing the lightness of the ruling, thus making a filled page look like it was written on an un-lined page.

    The cover of the notebook is thin yet durable and the lay-flat design of the spine with the woven-in signatures is great. The paper is very thin but I love it, even if there is a bit of show through while using a darker ink (zero bleed through, however), and I pretty much can't use any other type of paper now.

    I do not mind the "W" logo on the front as it helps me easily orient the notebook. My middle name also begins with a W, so there's that. However, I suppose if one thing could change about this notebook it would be the "W". I still like the idea of having something in gold leaf on the front cover but maybe a minimalist symbol rather than a letter. Possibly a single (but very small) gold dot or a small (inch long) horizontal line? I like the symbol on the microdot journal, so something equivalent that denotes the writer as the ruled edition.

    Overall, I think this iteration of the Seven Seas Writer is almost perfect and I will be buying more in the future.

  8. New favorite notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Jul 2019

    I absolutely LOVE this notebook so much that I am seriously contemplating ordering several more just to have on hand, because after DECADES of collecting journals I can honestly say this is my new favorite and I don't see myself needing anything else. The paper is a dream to write on if you favor fountain pens or gel inks - even wet shimmer inks don't bleed through, and the included blotting paper is a much appreciated touch. I like that the lines are faint enough not to be distracting but still help keep my writing straight, and I love the sturdy construction. The A5 size is perfect for me and the soft cover allows me to slip it into a traveler's notebook. I am not a huge fan of the W on the cover, but I put a vinyl sticker over it. :) This is just an amazing notebook and I could not be happier with it.

  9. Terrific Journal for Fountain Pens 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Jul 2019

    I had never owned a Seven Seas A5 Journal-6th Edition, until doing a bit of research recently. I have used a variety of fountain and technical pens in previous journals for decades. I recently purchased an Onoto Magna Classic pen with an 18C gold 7M nib. The nib produces a heavy flow of ink which tends to bleed through most paper, but not the Tomoe River paper. In spite of the paper's thinness, there isn't even any ghosting. It is a joy to write in this journal. I do have trouble seeing the very fine guide lines. They are darker on some pages than on others. And I experience all the other difficulties, or quirks, others have mentioned in their reviews, but I find these relatively trivial. One thing I do have to watch out for is the time it takes for the heavy ink line to dry to the touch, which makes for a rather interrupted writing session, but again, I just accept this as part of the trade off in having paper that won't bleed or ghost. I could switch to a different pen but enjoy the Onoto so much I am willing to be patient. Since my surname is Williams I'm pretending the "W" on the cover is just for me.

  10. Great Journal!!! Ugly logo... 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Jun 2019

    So far I'm loving the Seven Seas journal. It's build quality surprised me when I took it out of the well protected package. The Tomoe River paper is superb and feels so thin but handles ink so well. I use mainly Pilot Iroshizuku inks and they work great. And the color on this paper is like nothing I've seen before. My only complaint is the ugly logo. I'd much rather prefer a clean front.

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