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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. Quality all rounder 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Jan 2020

    Best bang for buck looking at price per page value. Paper is smooth to the touch and thin but still has some strength. Bar none the best for ink,pencil,whatever. Ghosting is not a distraction. Zero bleed. I write with a heavy hand and impression to the next page is not bad. Pink blotter is all you need to reinforce page while writing. Customer service by email was prompt.

  2. Great notebook 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jan 2020

    This a great notebook, no doubt. The quality is phenomenal and it lays flat as described, which was a feature I really needed.

    Given the number of pages, I would argue that it should come with bookmarks. Previous editions came with bookmarks and as I understand it, they were removed to reduce costs.

    Including one or two (versus five) bookmarks is reasonable, and I think people would pay the increased costs of the notebook considering this is a niche product. Or, provide an option that includes this feature. Removing it altogether sucks.

  3. Best for Journaling 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jan 2020

    I have been keeping a journal for over 30 years. I used to use cheap composition books but since I discovered the Seven Seas Writer, I’ve never turned back. There are enough pages for a year and then some. Perfect size, perfect journal for me!

  4. Beautiful Tomoe River Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jan 2020

    I bought both the Writer and the B6 Slim Note. The Writer has cream colored paper vs off white for the Note. I think the white paper will show off fountain pen inks more than the cream. Both notebooks have beautifully made bindings.The signatures (booklets) are so tiny it is hard to see them. The Writer has very faint lines and combined with the cream color are very hard to see, while the lines in the Note are much easier to see. The thickness of the Writer is perfect, vs the chunky thickness of the Hippo Noto A5. I like the top margin of the writer, only 9/16ths vs 1 and 1/16 for the Hippo Noto. The slip case for the Nanami notebooks is very nice. The Tomoe River paper is a dream to write on with fountain pens. Depending on the ink, you get beautiful sheening. Ink is slow to dry.

  5. Failed to receive Item so far 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Jan 2020

    Dear Seven Seas, I have been expecting your notebook since a while ago but so far I have not heard of its updates. May i ask could you check on its status please? I'm sure there's something wrong during the shipping. Cheers, Don

  6. Tomoe Paper Seven Seas 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Jan 2020

    I have not written on the paper yet, however it has to be the best I have seen. The paper is thin, smooth and unblemished. The book is beautifully bound, safely secured in a cream box.

  7. Ruling is just dark enough 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Dec 2019

    I was a little surprised that the ruling in my notebook was very faint, not nearly as visible as in the photos. But I like it very much. After writing you hardly see the lines at all and the effect is very nice. And I love having so many sheets of paper in a notebook with such minimal thickness. This is truly a quality notebook.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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