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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.


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
  • 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. I only use three types of notebooks 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Jan 2019

    After reading the review of this, it's hard to say something original. I've used a few of these. I always have an unused one on hand, so I won't have to wait between the time one is used and another arrives.

    1. Ink *never* bleeds through, regardless of the fountain pen.
    2. 480 pages is a lot of pages. People say this is expensive, but when you compare price per page, it's not as high as it seems at first.
    3. The binding is excellent.
    4. The rounded corners are nice. No dings on the corners.
    5. I keep mine in its box when I'm not using it.
    6. Absorption time for ink on Tomoe River takes a little while. Some people call this dry time, but that's misleading. The paper has a dense and highly homogenous structure. That's why it accepts so much ink and doesn't bleed. That also means it take awhile for the ink to absorb down into the page. The blotter paper they provide for that works great.

  2. Very good except for 2 major aspects 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jan 2019

    With regards to the 6th edition:

    The Writer ha been my preferred notebook: my favorite. The design has been about perfect, the paper quality is about perfect, but there were a couple drawbacks with this 6th edition I received that were disappointing:

    1) The dotted lines are very faint. They are much less pronounced than those on the Cafe, and because they are Grey on Cream paper, instead of Blue lines on White paper like the Cafe, they are even less pronounced and more difficult to see. The lines are challenging for me to see. I have an older Writer with White paper that also has less pronounced dotted lines, but they are blue lines and stand out more on the white paper.

    2) The "M" on the cover is helpful for orientation. But I'd prefer a blank cover to keep that elegance people generally love these notebooks for. The "M" is so basic and protruding that it juxtaposes and detracts from the elegance of the writer. It also detracts from that "personal/individual" feel the blank cover gives. Adding the "M" was like switching the nib on a fountain pen to a rollerball. Yes, it's more manageable for those few who need more help, but that's not why we love fountain pens.

    With that in mind, I still really like the writer because of the build quality, the value of 480 pages of the best paper on the market, and how flat it lies, but this is not the Writer I fell in love in love with. I prefer white pages, blue lines, and a blank cover, and if Nanami is going to use cream paper, they need to fix the faint lines, because that was a big disappointment. It really feels like an exceptional product made ordinary and average: 3 stars

  3. Love this notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Jan 2019

    This notebook is lovely. I had ordered a Cafe B6 notebook over the summer and loved it. I really wanted something a little larger so decided to order the Seven Seas and was not disappointed. The paper is beautiful and holds my ink well. I have the 6th edition which has a small W on the front cover, which is helpful in determining which way to open the notebook. I do, however, wish they had kept at least one bookmark. Definitely not a deal breaker and I'm sure I will be ordering another one soon!

  4. Request version with 5 mm lines 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Dec 2018

    This notebook is very nice, indeed. Mine is the 5th edition.

    The only thing I wished for the Nanami notebooks with lines (Writer and Cafe B6) is a version with 5 mm lines, so I can dump more ink on a page.

    Notebooks with 5 mm lines would be just right - lines spaced not too far apart (like the current version of the Writer and the Cafe B6 lines version) and not too close (like all the current grid versions which are 3.7 mm). Goldilocks would be very happy.

  5. Yet another stellar product from Nanami with one caveat. 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Dec 2018

    First, let me start of by saying that you cannot go wrong ordering from Nanami Paper. Their work is top notch, and their products are absolutely amazing.

    I’ve been searching for the perfect notebook for a long term project that requires upwards of 1,200 pages per year. Tomoe River Paper was an easy choice, as it’s thinness really helps slim down even the largest capacity notebooks. It took me a long time to decide on Nanami. I really wanted the Standard, but could never catch them in stock.

    I finally decided to go ahead with the Writer, even though I prefer no lines. It’s wonderful; from it’s scrumptious pages to its stellar craftsmanship. I absolutely love it...except the embossed cover. I am so bummed that there is (to me) a big, shiny “W” on the front. It really detracts from the simple elegance of the Writer, in my opinion. Obviously I knew ahead of time, and still bought it. I’m looking into some options to cover it up. But I do have to admit that I really hesitated buying it. Hopefully my solution to cover it works without grunting detracting from the beauty of the notebook. Otherwise I’ll have to end up switching to something else.

  6. ALMOST the Perfect Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Dec 2018

    I am a huge fan of all the Nanami notebooks, from the Cafe Note A6 up to the Seven Seas. The Writer has been my absolute favorite, but now that they are only available with cream paper instead of white, I’m a little bummed. As a fountain pen user, I use Tomoe River notebooks to show off the amazing qualities of the different inks I use. Unfortunately, the cream paper tends to take away from the inks’ brilliance. Other than the cream paper, though, it’s fantastic!

    All that I ask is to PLEASE bring back the white paper, at least as an alternative option, and maybe a book mark or two. But overall, the Seven Seas Writer is still one of the greatest notebooks available for fountain pen users.

  7. Elegant, refined, durable, reliable... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Nov 2018

    I love journalling in these beautiful, delicate and yet very resistant paper. It has encouraged me to go back to my ink pen, which i used 20y years ago. Mainly, it has become my companion and dear friend during my most intimate reflections and openings while writing and journalling.

    Thank you

  8. Workhorse of a Journal 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Nov 2018

    The Writer is hands down the best journal I've had the pleasure of owning. It has an immense page count, and the cover and binding make it so you can write in any orientation. Lay it flat on a desk, bend the spine on its back to write in your lap or in your hand, whatever.

    Lots of users here abide by fountain pens. I can't speak to that. I use ballpoints, pencils, felts and gels. There is ghosting but it's unlike any other paper; it's not off putting in any way. If that is a concern, I'd say not to worry about it all.

    Adding a small flap pocket for small miscellany on either the front or back cover to The Writer (any of the SS products) would absolutely take it over the top for me, but I feel that would be asking too much.

    Yes, the journal is very expensive, but it will last a very long time and it looks great.

    UNFORTUNATELY, this review is for the 5th edition. I noticed as I sat down to write this review that there's a small change to the new 6th edition: there's now an awful stamp on the cover. The Writer's huge appeal to me was it's minimalism and practicality. This new stamp, which looks like the logo to wordpress or westworld, ruins it. It's a shame that people needing a marker to designate the front of a journal is enough to make a visual change like this. I hope the idea of logos doesn't spread to the other SS products. Sadly, I will not be purchasing them if they do.

  9. My absolute favorite journal. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Oct 2018

    I spent so long debating which journal to get. I wanted one that was A5 size, thick, fountain pen friendly, and would fit nicely in a leather folio that I have. This journal checked all of my boxes and then some. It's a joy to open up each day. I love the way my pens glide across the paper. It fits my folio like they were made for each other. At the rate that I write, I suspect I will get a good five to six months in this journal and that couldn't make me happier. To those concerned about the price, I ask you to calculate the price per page. This journal, even with shipping factored in, costs less than other well known, but less expensive (and not as delightful) journals per page because other journals don't have half the pages in them.

  10. Fantastic Journal!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Oct 2018

    I write Journals as well as novels with fountain pens. I absolutely love these notebooks! Not only is the paper outstanding, and the current edition is my favorite Cream color of Tomoe River, it's just an absolute dream to write on. My nib just flows across the page and brings out the color of my inks like no other paper. The sepia lines are light and just fade to the background once there is ink on the page so it seems they aren't even there. There is some shadowing but nothing bad enough to bother me. I've bought more of these then I probably should because I have to have several of these as reserves just in case something happens to my current one. I hope this edition is continued well into the future!

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