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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. Beautiful Tomoe River Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Jan 2021

    This is a beautiful notebook for fountain pen lovers. As others have mentioned, the lines are really faint and hard to see (which gets worse with age). Part of the problem is that the lines blend in with the ivory color of the paper. I also have the Cafe Note B6 slim, and the paper is an off white and the grey dotted lines stand out more.

  2. Wonderful resource 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Oct 2020

    These are my everyday journals and they stand up to all kinds of inks and nibs. Beautifully made; they are most elegant. I love working with them.

  3. The Perfect Notebook!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Oct 2020

    I absolutely love this notebook. I have several on hand. I use it for journaling and writing my first drafts. The lines just fade away once the ink is on it making the ink the star of the show! It’s such a perfect notebook to use and I can’t help but smile every time I use it. It lays flat no matter what portion of the book I’m on. It never feel awkward and it holds up like a champ I’ve dragged this thing everywhere. Shoved off in back packs and traveled. Other then a few bent corners of paper where I shoved it against another Nanami journal in a leather cover or book it’s upheld to all the abuse! You won’t be disappointed at all in this notebook!!

  4. Love this notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Oct 2020

    Beautiful minimalistic design, beautiful paper. Shows the best attributes of ink, including metallics, where the sparkle and sheen look stunning. Adore the Café B6 Slim as well. Nanami is excellent.

  5. Love love love the cream paper 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Oct 2020

    Love love love the cream paper! I usually use grid paper but decided to try this out. No regrets! Would be even better if the lines were a shade darker as after writing I can't see the lines on the other side of the page. Would also prefer if the lines were 6mm instead. Didn't quite think 1 mm would matter but it does! Will probably get 2 more to store in case this version runs out.

  6. As good as it gets 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Oct 2020

    The Nanami Writer is by far the best notebook I've ever used. The paper, the binding, and the cover feel like they were custom designed specifically to my tastes. I feel tempted to horde a bunch of these books just in case they ever go out of production; I like them so much. I've always used plain paper notebooks and bought paper with the least amount of ghosting in the past. I found lines and show-through a distraction. But, the lines on the Writer are so lightly colored they are unobtrusive when writing or reading. I write with a Sailor 1911L fountain pen fitted with a fine nib. Typically, it is filled with lightish blue ink. The ghosting is minimal and not unpleasant. Finally, Nanami's customer service and delivery times are outstaning. Highly recommended.

  7. beautiful and smooth 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Sep 2020

    It is like writing on butter. This paper is remarkable and I love the almost indistinguishable lines, particularly since I tend to prefer unlined journals. The slip cover is an extra bonus. A truly wonderful notebook. Well worth the cost.

  8. just the best notebook you can buy 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Sep 2020

    This is just the best notebook for fountain pens. I prefer the cross fields but decided to try the writer. I love everything about this notebook. The Timoe river paper is fantastic. I enjoy the cream color and the cardboard sleeve. And I feel like it is a great value at almost ~500 pages. Shipping was extremely fast. I’m tempted to order another one while writing this review.

  9. Beautiful Tomoe River Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 31st Aug 2020

    The faint ruled lines are hard to see on the cream colored paper. I also have the Cafe Note B6 slim, which has off white paper and slightly darker lines, and the lines are easier to see because the paper color is lighter. Otherwise the Tomoe River paper is heavenly for fountain pen lovers. I think fountain pen inks would stand out better on white or off white paper.

  10. Superb Quality 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Aug 2020

    This journal is of the highest quality. The paper is strong and the journal well bound. I have been writing in it for a few days now and it holds up beautifully. I like the fact that it came with a pad to use while writing. This fits between the pages and prevents indentations on the next pages. This works great for me as I have a tendency to press down hard when I write. This journal will fit into a custom made leather journal cover which will make the journal not only a pleasure to write in, but also attractive. The slip cover the journal comes in will come in handy for storing completed journals. I highly recommend this product.

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