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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. Great journal, some QC issues 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Sep 2018

    Love the journal. Just recently started using fountain pens and this is by far my favorite paper to write on. However, there are some issues I've noticed. For one, the lines vary in color from page to page; some are lighter than others. Even on the same page, there are large areas where the lines gradually fade to where they're barely visible. Additionally, the lines do not line up page to page, meaning that the lines on some pages will start higher than others. I do like the writing experience, but I wish the quality was a bit better.

  2. Beautiful 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Sep 2018

    Writing in this notebook is just a wonderful experience, especially with a fountain pen. Would for sure repurchase indefinitely.

  3. SUPERB JOURNAL 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Sep 2018

    This is simply the best made, most beautiful and only journal I've been entirely happy with in every way, ever, and I'm pretty old and have bought a zillion journals. One thing to note for both those who hate and those who love lines. I hate them in general but I ordered the Writer anyway because both my first choice, the Crossfield, and my second, the Standard, were out of stock and I didn't want to wait. The lines in the Writer are very, very pale and gray, I believe; they are so pale I'm unsure of the color! This was a surprise to me - a very pleasant one - but may be less than pleasant to those who love lines, are counting on them to keep their writing straight and don't have perfect eyesight. In fact I suspect the lines are hard to see and keep to even for those who do have perfect eyesight. I absolutely love the Writer. My order was shipped pronto and delivered in three days. Cheers!

  4. different from the older versions, but still excellent. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Sep 2018

    While I had bought several of these notebooks before, I was still using an old first or second generation Writer and so never had the chance to notice just how different this fourth edition feels in hand. The covers are substantially stiffer, and while this makes the notebook a bit more usable if taking it out with you, I find myself still partial to the older covers. I do like that the included blotting paper is trimmed down a bit, and so doesn't poke out from inside the notebook, but I miss the inclusion of the bookmarks in each notebook, as I found myself using them every single day. While the quality of materials and craftsmanship is still absolutely top-notch, I would really love to see the bookmarks reintroduced and have an option to choose between stiff and soft covers, even if it meant paying a premium for it.

  5. Still the best notebook out there. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Sep 2018

    I was reminded by my trial of 68 gsm Tomoe River Paper from another company as to why I'd be gifting that away and returning to Nanami Notebooks/52 gsm TRP.

    Now, I always make sure I have at least a back up Cafe and Writer. They exceed my expectations and are always a joy to use and even just receive in the mail despite how many I have ordered.

    The build quality and functionality are simply superb and far outperform any notebook I have tried.

    I really love how flat it lies and how thin it is despite the 480 pages!! Wow. I don't have to prop my hand on some fat notebook when starting and ending. And when writing, the 52 gsm simply provides the best writing experience I have ever had.

    I love how I can carry this around very easily without feeling like I'm lugging it around, but if I need something smaller and even lighter, I go with the Nanami Cafe.

    The experience this notebook provides me in being such a well built notebook with the highest quality materials is unparalleled. The superior quality of Nanami Notebooks acknowledges the importance of what I plan to put in it, from the very basics to those most important entries.

    It's truly wonderful to see this company provide such a considerate product that provides you with not just the best they can provide, but the best that is simply out there. It's a lofty goal they have successfully accomplished. I'm a big fan to say the least, and I appreciate them for being able to and providing such a product for the price.

  6. Love the paper. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Sep 2018

    I have purchased two types of Seven Seas: Crossfield (both grid and crosses) and the Writer. The paper is awesome. Writing with a fountain pen is a joy with the Tomoe River paper. I've used watercolors, markers and brush pens too, and they do not bleed through. You can't go wrong with any of the Seven Seas versions. As far as my personal preferences for the Seven Seas, I much prefer the white paper in the Crossfield over the Writer's creamy color. Not only do I prefer the brighter pages, but they seem smoother (could be my imagination.) Also, I prefer the spacing on the Crossfield over the wider spacing on the Writer. That didn't stop me from purchasing the Writer of course, but I much prefer the narrower spacing. On the other hand, I love the lines in the Writer. I like having a variety of lines/grids/crosses in my collection. All the Seven Seas notebooks lay perfectly flat - another wonderful feature. I use them with Hobonichi A5 covers and they look beautiful on my desk or bookshelf. Keep the Seven Seas coming. I look forward to the Crossfield coming back in stock!

  7. Beautiful journals. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Aug 2018

    I got my first Writer in 2016, and have been using the notebooks since. So far, I have filled 3 books, and am working through my 4th one.

    I would say, these notebooks are not just notebooks. They provide an entire experience. From the way the cover and the paper within, to the way ink glides and looks on the sheets, it all is part of the package which delivers an experience I would have never imagined could be brought by a notebook.

    Get it at your own risk -- you will be hooked.

  8. Best fountain pen journal ever 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Aug 2018

    Loved the simplicity of the binding and the front and back cover.Exceptional quality binding as I tend to throw my journal into my backpack when I am out and about. Paper quality is the best I have used and there is no bleed with my J Herbin Bleu Ocean and Emeraude de Chivor inks. There is really no need to use the blotting paper from my experience. I am really glad with the efficient shipping as well.

  9. Love it! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Aug 2018

    I purchased the writer as I am a fan of tomoe river paper. This is my first Nanami product, but certainly not my last!

  10. The Best 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Aug 2018

    The best notebook for journaling, no question.

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