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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. The other reviews are true 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Aug 2020

    Paper quality, binding, size, are all as the other reviewers have indicated. I'm enjoying it and will gift the Seven Seas Writer to others.

  2. Awesome paper in stitched bind journal 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Aug 2020

    I have had several journals in the past that just kept falling apart after a few months of use. Pages that were glued onto the binding would fall out.

    Only issue I have which agrees with other reviewers are the faint lines. I can barely see it and once ink goes onto the page it completely disappears due to the contrast. I really wanted lines to keep things tidy without having to pencil them in myself everyday.

  3. Perfect! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Aug 2020

    As with all of the Nanami products I have bought or been given, this notebook is well-made and as described. The binding is top-notch and it allows the journal to lay flat. Tomoe River paper needs no review and the number of pages are perfect for daily Journaling throughout the year. Will be buying again.

  4. Greatest Notebook I've Ever Used 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Aug 2020

    The Nanami Brand was sown into my conscience way back in 2015 when a friend of mine showed me his. He told me, "Literally the best paper."

    Then I saw the price, and thought, "maybe some day."

    The thing is, this notebook is worth it. After buying it and writing a few pages with a inky fountain pen, after seeing that it doesn't bleed, doesn't feather, remains crisp, all at the thickness of bible paper, there is no comparison. You get so many pages, so much room to write, and binding which is carefully sewn to last a very long time (I'm sure of it).

  5. Best Journal For Fountain pen Writing 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jul 2020

    I use this notebook as my daily morning journal. Each day I write 3 pages with a different fountain pen and ink.

    It is an absolute total joy writing on the Tomoe River paper which never feathers, bleeds yet remains "wet" at the same time. It is like painting on the surface of the paper.

    The color ink, feeling of the pen, all become a truly amazing sensual experience like none other. This process provides me with great enjoyment and great insights, new awareness at the same time.

    It is truly a unique gift that extends beyond words.

  6. Wonderful notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Jul 2020

    Very happy with this notebook. The paper is the best there is: thin but mighty, and so smooth that it’s a pleasure to write on. The book lays flat and is well stitched together so it is very sturdy despite appearances. Thank you Nanamipaper!

  7. Nanami Seven Seas notebooks are the absolute best! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Jul 2020

    I have purchased several different brands of Tomoe River journal/notebook, but have set each one aside barely used and return to the Seven Seas notebooks.
    There just isn’t a better TR paper notebook on the market. The quality and the price are the best you will find for a journal with this many pages. It’s actually the only notebook that I have ever actually used to the very last page. I use my fountain pens and inks, watercolor paints, pen and ink drawings and graphite drawings.

    I like the lighter weight TR paper better than the heavier gsm TR paper. Ghosting doesn’t bother me because your brain doesn’t really notice it once the page is used, it focuses what is on that page more than what is on the back side.

    The Writer is my favorite. The spacing is just right for me. I’ve also used several of the dots, cross, and grids Nanami journals. It takes me a long time to fill up these massive page journals, but I still buy extras to have on hand because I just don’t want any other notebooks.

    I have found the A5 Seven Seas journal/notebook inside an Oberon Design journal cover to be the ultimate luxury combination for a journal. They pair beautifully together.
    I do wish they would make a Moleskine size so I can use it in my Oberon Design leather cover.

  8. Well worth the hype 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Jul 2020

    I'm a lifelong Moleskine user, but I've always had a little lingering desire to own one of these Seven Seas books, just to see what all the fuss is about honestly. I finally splurged and bought one, and I am so glad I did. I ordered on a Saturday and had it in my hands by Wednesday.

    I am not a fountain pen user--my preferred instrument is (gasp) the papermate inkjoy 0.7, which performs very well on this paper. The ink takes a bit longer to dry than on ordinary writing paper, but that has yet to be an issue. Fineliners tend to dry faster. I was expecting the cover to be more flexible, but it is very stiff for what it is, which gives it a bit more structure and rigidity (which I quite like). I wouldn't be surprised if the edges of the cover material start fraying a little over time, but I imagine that will only give it charm and character. As other reviewers have mentioned, the printed lines are very subtle--so subtle, in fact, that it's quite difficult to see when you hold up one page by itself. But with the show-through from pages underneath it is workable.

    As compared to the Moleskine, the only thing I really miss is the elastic strap to keep the book closed, so I rigged up a detachable one myself out of some colorful elastic. Other than that, it really is worth the hype.

  9. Excellent, excellent, excellent. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Jul 2020

    Are you a fountain pen user? Do you like to journal? Do not hesitate to purchase this journal. If you are familiar with Tomoe River paper you know how great it is: very thin, but gives sheen to your ink with no bleed through. It does shadow but I write on the back without problem. The lines are so light and no distracting. I love this journal.

  10. The very best Tomoe River notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Jun 2020

    I'll start by talking about the ruling, as that is what sets each Seven Seas notebook apart. This is the writer, which features 7 mm lined ruling. The 7mm is a great size, and I'm glad they went with that dimension, which is essentially a double-ruling of 3.5mm grid ruling. There isn't much else to note about the ruling.

    On the notebook itself - it's the best money can buy. Don't be fooled by and of the other 52 gsm Tomoe River notebooks, as I have tried them all. The stitched binding is the real deal. You can crease it and fold it to your heart's content along the spine, and the notebook lies flat from the very first page. The notebook is incredibly durable as a result, and with a cheap cover, it won't sustain any wear whatsoever while you fill it up. Show through/ ghosting is overstated by the people who take issue with it. Bleedthrough is nonexistent. Simply the best.

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