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Seven Seas "WRITER" A5 Journal - 6th Edition

Price:
$32.00
Max Purchase:
3 unit(s)


This is the 6th edition Writer, with the "old" 52gsm cream Tomoe River paper. I'm sorry that we've had to raise the price, but in order to secure this paper (possibly the last batch of the "old" TRP), we had to buy it way in advance, then make the notebooks and store them for months in Japan. 

 

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,  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. Perfection Between The Covers 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Jul 2021

    I have used a number of Nanami products but for me the TR 52 7mm lined Writer is just perfect. The size, A5, is just right and the lines are just visible enough and large enough to keep me on the track.
    This paired with the exquisite Gfeller English Kip leather cover makes an unbeatable life long companion.
    Highly Recommended


  2. Best Tomoe River lined notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Jun 2021

    There is no competition. The Writer is the best notebook to feature ruled Tomoe River paper. Look nowhere else.


  3. simply the best! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Jun 2021

    The Nanami Seven Seas Writer is simply my favourite journal. Beautifully bound and finished, with a whopping 480 pages of light and smooth Tomoe River Paper. It is wonderfully tactile and very, very classy. Fit it in your favourite journal cover it just use it as it - I wouldn’t be without mine. Thank you Nanami ❤️


  4. Hard to get (sometimes) but well worth the effort 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Jun 2021

    These notebooks were out of stock for a while. Another victim of the pandemic shortages and supply chain breaks. I was getting worried they might never come back in stock -- the company that manufactures Tomoe River paper has announced they are ceasing production, due to 'lack of demand!'

    That would bad. Very bad. I really like Tomoe RIver paper in all its forms, but especially in Nanami Write notebooks. They are simply the best notebooks I've ever used. The paper, binding, and cover are all perfect. If I had the opportunity to spec a custom notebook, the Write would be a perfect match.


  5. Hard to get (sometimes) but well worth the effort 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Jun 2021

    These notebooks were out of stock for a while. Another victim of the pandemic shortages and supply chain breaks. I was getting worried they might never come back in stock -- the company that manufactures Tomoe River paper has announced they are ceasing production, due to 'lack of demand!'

    That would bad. Very bad. I really like Tomoe RIver paper in all its forms, but especially in Nanami Write notebooks. They are simply the best notebooks I've ever used. The paper, binding, and cover are all perfect. If I had the opportunity to spec a custom notebook, the Write would be a perfect match.


  6. Lines Lines Lines 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jun 2021

    First I ordered the Standard and loved it.

    Next I ordered the Writer and loved it, except for the lines being so faint they were worthless.

    Then I ordered the latest Writer, love it and the lines are perfect. Third time is a charm.


  7. 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.


  8. 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.


  9. 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!!


  10. 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.


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