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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. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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