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Seven Seas "WRITER" A5 Journal - 6th Edition

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Please note: This is the 6th Edition Writer. It now has a small gold stamp on the front cover. I've received a few requests to put a small mark on the cover to help find the front more easily. Other than that, no changes.

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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.

 

Tips:

 

  • 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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Specifications:

 

  • 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):

  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. Luxury Embodied! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th May 2019

    This notebook is substantial but graceful. The paper is as lovely as others have said—smooth and lovely even with my XF nib. I especially appreciate the lines—they are spaced just right. Some luxury notebooks are so narrow-lined that even my tidy writing looks crowded and inelegant. Not so here. The lines are pale, too—unobtrusive, so they let the words shine! I agree with others that they could be a tiny bit darker, and a nice Hunter green would look good on the lovely cream paper. I love the cream color of the paper, by the way. Subtle, but so much more elegant that stark white!

    My only slight disappointment? The cover is far stiffer than the paper. The feel of it is just a bit uncoordinated. That said, I gently bent it back and forth a few times, and that seems to have started to improve it. And, really, I use it in a leather cover, (by Roterfaden), so i only noticed it when I first took it out...


  2. Luxury Embodied! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th May 2019

    This notebook is substantial but graceful. The paper is as lovely as others have said—smooth and lovely even with my XF nib. I especially appreciate the lines—they are spaced just right. Some luxury notebooks are so narrow-lined that even my tidy writing looks crowded and inelegant. Not so here. The lines are pale, too—unobtrusive, so they let the words shine! I agree with others that they could be a tiny bit darker, and a nice Hunter green would look good on the lovely cream paper. I love the cream color of the paper, by the way. Subtle, but so much more elegant that stark white!

    My only slight disappointment? The cover is far stiffer than the paper. The feel of it is just a bit uncoordinated. That said, I gently bent it back and forth a few times, and that seems to have started to improve it. And, really, I use it in a leather cover, (by Roterfaden), so i only noticed it when I first took it out...


  3. Perfect notebook, except for the Wario logo 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Apr 2019

    I've been ordering these notebooks for years, and the quality has always been top-notch. I ordered the newest edition and the paper, binding, etc is all as wonderful as it's always been.

    Unfortunately the latest edition has added Wario's logo on the front, which makes it look a lot less classy. I'd much prefer the older look with no branding -- people who want markings on the front can always add some themselves, but you can't remove it if it's already there. Here's hoping the seventh edition will go back to it's classy, unmarred roots.


  4. Amazing 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Apr 2019

    This notebook is truly amazing I love it the cover is sturdy and paper quality is wonderful you wont regret it


  5. Great notebook, but 7 mm ruling is too wide 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Mar 2019

    Overall, I think this is a good notebook. The paper itself is amazing, as can be expected from Tomoe River. The way the faint lines vanish if you look at the page from any distance is a wonderful design consideration, one that I think should be commonplace on all lined paper. I've seen another reviewer say that the faint lines can make it difficult to see them, which I think is a valid concern if you have difficulty with distinguishing faint color differences, but if you have sharp enough vision to see the lines then you will probably appreciate the disappearing act.

    Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the cream-colored paper; I prefer white paper, and the pictures do not really show just how off-white the cream color really is. It is closer to yellow than white. I wish that there were an option to choose white or cream paper for this notebook. But if you happen to like cream paper, then you will love this notebook. Since the color of the paper is a personal preference, I did not dock any points for it.

    My only complaint is that I think the ruling is a little too wide. I think that 6 mm would have been plenty wide enough for broad and stub nib pens. I am comparing this notebook to a lined Elia Note, which I bought around the same time as this notebook for comparison. That particular book is 6 mm lined, and because of that it has a full 5 more lines per page to write with. That is a significant difference, and it adds up quickly. The margins at the top of each page of the Seven Seas Writer are extra large, which only adds to this particular issue. It is for this reason that the notebook earns 4 stars instead of 5.

    However, I still would recommend this notebook, or any other from Nanami, over anything from Elia Note. The covers on Seven Seas notebooks are much better than the plain cardboard covers from Elia Note, and the shipping is much, much faster and more reliable from Nanami.


  6. Beautiful paper!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Mar 2019

    This paper is thin yet durable. I love fountain pens and there is no better surface!!!


  7. Love! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Mar 2019

    This is a great notebook! The paper is very nice. The lines are absolutely a plus, and the number of pages is fantastic. I practice calligraphy, and appreciate having a lot of paper. The felt calligraphy pen does not bleed through, although there is ghosting. Since it is only practice, I use both sides of each page, giving me plenty of space to improve my skill. The size is very comfortable and convenient as well. I will be continuing to use/order this particular journal, not only for calligraphy practice, but note-taking as well.


  8. The Best 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Feb 2019

    This my third or fourth notebook and I keep coming back for more. I never thought I would fill even one but I keep finding uses for them
    I would love to see a weightier Tomoe paper as I use fountain pens and writing on the back side is not ideal. I would be willing to pay the extra money.


  9. Great notebook... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Jan 2019

    Great paper. Holds ink well. Notebook opens flat. Great size for portability but with enough room to do real work.


  10. Best Notebook bar none 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Jan 2019

    This will be my second Secen Seas Writer. The 7mm spacing is ideal for me and the paper takes any kind of ink I throw at it. It's always a pleasant writing experience and the amount of pages is immense.


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