Tomoe River Paper Journal
- 5.8″ x 8.3″ (A5)
- 7mm Rule
- 480 pages (240 leaves) with rounded corners and 7mm lines
- Lay-flat thread binding
- Flexible, tough, thin water-resistant coated-paper cover
- Ivory-colored end sheets
- Two bookmarks
- Comes with one A5 blotter paper
- Made in Japan
- $36.00 USD from Nanami Paper
- Montblanc 149 Medium Nib with Iroshizuku Kon-Peki
- Various other ink / nib tests
Handwritten Review Scans:
I’m a huge fan of Tomoe River Paper, even more so when it’s in such an awesomely constructed book. Seven Seas is the in-house brand of Japanese stationery retailer, Nanami Paper. The attention to detail on this book is amazing, and I’m very happy with it so far. Be sure to check out Nanami’s page on their site about this specific book about all of the careful details and why they chose them. Dave reached out to me after seeing I reviewed his Seven Seas Tomoe River writing pad, and sent this over for me to check out, so huge thanks to him!
Appearance and Construction:
The Seven Seas Journal is a great size for toting around (A5; 5.8″ x 8.3″). I’m not a huge fan of the color of the front of the book, it’s an odd pale pink-red, but the texture is really cool. It’s a tightly-packed diamond pattern that’s plastic coated for added water resistance and durability. I would definitely like if the book was black or a darker red, but that comes down to a matter of personal preference. The cream-colored paper compliments the book rather nicely, as does the light grey ruling.
The construction of the book is top notch, utilizing thread binding typically seen on more expensive and mass produced books. The binding not only adds extra durability, but allows the book to lay flat without damaging the spine. The corners are rounded off just slightly so they don’t get bent up and destroyed. There are also two ribbon book marks in the middle of the book, which is great for marking both where you are in the book, and another important reference page if need be. Once again, I’ll direct you to Nanami’s fact page about the journal for even more on the construction and materials.
Performance and Feel:
Tomoe River paper is awesome. It’s impossibly thin and light that doesn’t even think twice about any fountain pen ink or nib width you throw at it. It’s nearly see through, and there’s a lot of ghosting, but no bleed through or feathering to be found anywhere. Dry time is a little bit longer (on par with Rhodia and Clairefontaine) but it’s worth the wait.
The notebook also comes with an A5 sized blotter paper if you want to write something down, close the book, and quickly get on with your day. Tomoe River is some of the smoothest paper I’ve ever used and is an absolute pleasure to write on. I 100% recommend trying out Tomoe River – it’s a unique, awesome writing experience that everyone should try out. It’s definitely some of my favorite paper and I always have some around.
Color & Ruling:
The journal is full of cream colored, 7mm ruled paper. The cream color is both easy on the eyes and complimentary to most fountain pen inks. The 7mm rule is a great size for both the notebook and my style of handwriting. I like that it’s proportionate to the size of the book. Some manufacturers don’t take this into consideration, and it’s nice to see a ruling balanced with the size of the book. When you look at the lines themselves closely, you’ll notice that they’re made up of a series of very tiny, closely packed dots. This gives the lines a lighter appearance than a solid line, making for unobtrusive ruling that lets your writing stand out.
- Awesome paper
- A+ construction
- Lots and lots of pages
- Built in bookmarks
- Ruling is proportionate to page size
- I’d like to see other color covers offered
Overall Thoughts and Recommendation:
It’s really, really hard to not like a notebook that’s full of Tomoe River paper, but add in awesome construction, ideal size, and perfect ruling and you’ve got the Seven Seas Journal. Nanami Paper is an awesome company, and I always look forward to getting one of their awesomely packaged and decorated boxes in the mail. At $36, this isn’t going to be an impulse buy for most, but this one is totally worth it. It’s got a ton of great paper inside and it’s solidly constructed. Huge thanks again to Dave over at Nanami for sending the book over, I have a feeling this one’s going to get filled up pretty quick.
Thanks for reading!
Disclaimer: This item was provided to me as a review unit, free of charge, by Nanami Paper. I was not compensated for this review, and this did not have any effect on my thoughts and opinions about the pen. Thank you for reading!