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SS CROSSFIELD A5 Grid Journal 7th Ed NEW TRP

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This is the 7th Edition of the Crossfield. It is bound with the "NEW" Tomoe River paper.

Please note that all reviews up to 9/18/2020 are based on earlier editions. The only change from the 6th to 7th edition is the NEW Tomoe River paper. Please see the pictures for a quick comparison of the old vs. new paper.


I have seen a couple of very good articles on social media that compare the old and new Tomoe River paper. The condensed version is this:


    • Feathering - same
    • Bleed - same
    • Ghosting - same
    • Tooth - NEW is toothier
    • Saturation - colors appear darker on the NEW paper
    • Line definition - NEW has "jagged" edges. OLD has crisp edges
    • Feel - NEW is "crispier", louder, and surface is harder
    • Thickness - the NEW paper is thicker
      • Actually, technically, it's the same thickness, but after binding into a notebook, the old paper is not as "compressible", so after manufacturing, this latest notebook is 1mm thicker than the old notebook. My partner in Japan explained this to me.


I agree with all of the above. The only thing I have to add is about the toothiness. The NEW paper does feel toothier than the OLD paper, but for me personally, I think it's because I'm just used to pressing down harder on the old, smooth Tomoe River. Now that the paper is not as smooth, applying less pressure does take some getting used to. If you can use less pressure, the new paper will not feel much different than the old.


Having said all of the above, to be honest, my personal preference is for the OLD paper, simply for the line definition. I wish I could make a million more notebooks with the old paper. For normal, every day use, I'm not exactly sure how much it bothers me. I'm going to say "not much" but overall I do feel the old paper was better, more luxurious.


But I'm still gonna use the new paper, because I actually prefer the enhanced "crispiness" (I always felt Tomoe River paper felt a bit flabby), plus, there's really no other thin paper that is as good. The old Tomoe River paper was "as good" as Midori MD and Graphilo, but those are also much thicker papers. And for me, the attraction of Tomoe River has always been its thinness more than its line definition. I use the B6-S Cafe Note for note taking. I am not an artist, and just use it for work. For that purpose, i'm fine with it.


So, please take my opinion for what it's worth. If you have any doubts, please ask for a sample by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:


Nanami Seven Seas

Samples by Mail

P.O. Box 17422

Irvine, CA 92623-7422


Ok, back to the original description:


Finally - a Tomoe River notebook with a grid! Construction is the same as the Seven Seas Standard, except that it comes with white TR paper and a dark red coated-fabric cover. Same lay-flat binding! Same massive page count!


  • Flexible, semi-stiff coated fabric cover.
  • Smythe-sewn (thread-bound), lay-flat binding
  • White Tomoe River paper - lots and lots of it
  • No cover printing or branding except for the back end sheet
  • Comes with a kraft slip case

 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 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 a coated paper, made stiffer through the use of a core board sandwiched between the outer layer and the end sheets. You can use the book as-is, or put it inside a leather, cloth, paper, vinyl, fabric, etc. outer cover.




  • The notebook will lay flatter if you bend it back on itself a bit. Go ahead and bend it backwards! It won't break.
  • 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, softer leads such as 2B and 3B work well.
  • Pencil marks erase very cleanly from this paper, and using a high quality eraser is pure pleasure. Don't be surprised if you find yourself making mistakes on purpose.
  • If you find the book a bit thick for your writing style, please read this.


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  • Size A5, 210x148mm, 16mm thick, (8.3x5.8x0.7 inches)
  • White-color (which is really an off-white) Tomoe River "Notebook" paper
  • 5mm cross grid (not actually a full grid; rather, 2mm crosses
  • 480 pages (240 leaves), no lines, rounded corners
  • 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)

None of these issues will 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.

Did you know that Hemingway wrote with a pencil? We like to think that, had he known about the Seven Seas Standard, he would have used a fountain pen. Here's the full story.


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  1. great quality but I prefer the notebooks with old TR paper 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Jul 2021

    First, I’ll just echo what the vast majority of reviews have already said about the Nanami Paper Company: it makes the very best notebooks for fountain pens. I’ve purchased dozens of their notebooks with the old Tomoe River paper. They are the *perfect* notebooks: from the fiber impregnated covers to the slipcase to the stitching and, of course, 52 gsm TR paper used. As usual, quality and workmanship are just superb. Nothing compares to these notebooks. This quality is still evident in this new notebook with the new Tomoe River paper. But I prefer the old TR paper, which had that magical quality. I was first very excited about the new notebooks and bought a half dozen. The new TR paper is a bit thicker to the touch, less smooth to write on, and, disappointingly, heavy ink flow will cause modest feathering, which I never get with the old TR paper. It is still an amazing notebook. We’re talking about 98% great vs perfection. Nevertheless, I’ve been buying (hoarding) the Nanami Writer notebooks now since they are still made with the old TR paper. Why TR changed their paper recipe is just inexplicable.

  2. New is good... 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Jun 2021

    I am happy to have gotten my hands on the new TRP notebooks, fearing that someday even the new paper may be discontinued and understanding that it’s not the same as the old paper. The new paper generally holds up well to fountain pen ink, with just a bit of inferior line edge to writing and a feel of the pens being a bit sluggish and draggy on the page. I found some notable exceptions to fountain pen friendliness: Noodler’s Lexington Gray in a fine nib and Pilot Iro Ku-jaku & Kala Mongolian Sandstorm in medium nibs feathered like they were being written on office-quality copy paper, and there was noticeable show-through that bordered on bleeding (not just the expected ghosting). The notebook itself deserves the usual 5+++++ stars for outstanding quality and amazing page count — and Dave gives a fair description of the differences between the old and new TRP — but I was still surprised by the feathering of some inks. I’ll just be sure to keep an ink log and avoid using the most unfriendly inks in an otherwise good notebook. And I’ll definitely be trying the new Zen paper!

  3. Fabulous notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Jun 2021

    New TR paper is still great paper. I am a fountain pen enthusiast, but not an expert by any means. I've tested three of my four fountain pens in this notebook - a LAMY EF, Preppy F, and Kaweco Sport EF - and I've had great results with all three. I don't see any noticeable waviness to the lines, and the paper still felt quite smooth as I wrote. I had perhaps the most feedback, so to speak, with my Preppy, but the Preppy feels like that on all papers I've tried. The performance feels comparable to that of my old TR paper.

    The notebook itself is also so lovely. The cross marks are extremely subtle, much more so than I would have thought from the photos, and in the 7th edition they are a light gray. It's a great design, and I am thoroughly enjoying using it.

  4. The best Dot Grid Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Jun 2021

    I love the Seven Seas notebooks, and this is my favorite for travel and note-taking. Grids are useful for keeping all my non-verbal note taking and doodling nice and neat! :)

    It's the same great paper, same great form as the other Seven Seas products, all of which are basically perfect!

  5. Exquisite Writing Experience, Best Notebook I've Used 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th May 2021

    Fantastic notebook. I've been looking for a Leuchturm 1917 replacement for months, and while this is not it--I don't want to degrade its elegant pages with my banal to-do lists--it is inspiring me to do more long-form journaling.

    Functionally, it's pretty much the same as a dot grid journal, except, of course, that it's made of the best fountain pen paper there is. And since the Tomoe River paper is so luxuriously thin, at about the same width as the Leuchturm 1917, this book has almost double the usable pages.

    I am now a Seven Seas devotee, and I will certainly buy more of these going forward.

  6. Crosses or Dots?? 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 31st Mar 2021

    This is actually a fantastic writing journal. At first, I thought there were "dots" instead of crosses, but they are actually small and very "out of the way." This is perfect for writers who need something to guide their hand subconsciously, but is absolutely dependable with sketching, drawing lines, etc when you need something "square" to trace against. Highly recommended!

  7. Beautifully crafted journal with beautiful paper 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Mar 2021

    The most beautiful notebook I’ve ever had

  8. Another great notebook from Nanami Paper 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Feb 2021

    Seven Seas are my go to notebooks for bullet journaling. I love the number of pages and TRP is lovely. I was curious about this new paper,I have yet to use it but did feel the pages and I like them very much, a bit more substantial.

  9. I miss the old Tomoe River paper 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Feb 2021

    Let me first say that this review has nothing to do with this vendor. Nanamipaper.com is a great place to buy products with quick shipping and nice customer service.

    But this new Tomoe River paper is SO disappointing. It feels NOTHING like the old paper. It feathers, sheening is not nearly as noticeable and my Pilot Parallel pens bleed profusely on the back of the page. It's not like it's bad if you're just comparing it to average paper, but that's what it is to me now, average whereas the old TR paper was exceptional.

    I'll be looking for vendors who still may have old TR paper in stock and eventually a replacement all together.

    SO SAD.

  10. My favorite notebook of all time. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Feb 2021

    I have written in journals since I could write. For many years I searched and searched for my perfect journal meeting my high standards and tastes and I have finally found it. The paper is so thin and smooth it’s a pure pleasure to write on. I have now owned 3 of them and will continue to buy more.

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