It has been quite a while since I have done a review, not for lack of wanting to play with awesome ink of course 🙂 Happy to say that we are almost done with Late Pledge shipping! We are shipping out orders from Late November and our goal is to be able to ship Hippo Notos to their new homes in a matter of days from order soon. The original batch is shrinking, but it’s not too late to get in on it. Visit http://www.hipponoto.com to view our selection. Use code pygmy at checkout to save 10% on your entire order, no minimum required. Everything from Hippo Notos to our pen rolls included in the sale 🙂 And stay tuned for the giveaway at the end of this post.
Now let’s get to the ink ^_^.
The packaging is very sturdy, and it should be for an ink with an MSRP of $71.50 for 50ml. The bottle itself is majestic.
It has a huge cap with the iconic Montblanc symbol sitting proudly on top.
But what does it look like?
One of my first thoughts, and the thought of others in the pen community when I posted photos of this color, was that it reminded me of Kobe #57. It was adventure trying to find this ink again in my crate of disorganized ink lol, but I found it for comparison!
Comparatively the colors have similar saturations, but Kobe #57 definitely has a wider color range. What the Montblanc has on it in my book is a bit of sheen, at least on the blob. I was not lucky enough to encounter any during regular writing. Kobe #57 still reigns supreme as my favorite unicorn ink, but the Montblanc elixir has a character all its own. Is it worth $71.50? I’m not sure the answer is yes for me, as I have a lot of other purple ink, but if you want a nice shader without a lot of sheen, this could be a contender!
Which color do you prefer?
Pygmy Hippo Noto Alert!
If you have been following Hippo Noto on social media or saw me at the pen shows last year, you’ve seen the next chapter of the Hippo Noto Project. B6! The entire #hipposquad has been excited about this for a while, but we have never been closer to making it a reality. We have the prototypes and our production team is ready to go as soon as our next Kickstarter campaign is over. We plan to launch in the next couple of months ^_^.
The Kickstarter experience has been one of learning, we experienced a major delay, which was frustrating for all. This caused our timelines to be pushed back in every possible way, and while this was devastating, it showed us a clear path for the future. As we bring things together more information will be shared here and on our social media. This blog is the first place I shared the Hippo Noto concept, and I look forward to being much more present here as we develop the next installment.
One of the big features coming are our adorable page numbers!
Which color is your favorite? The page number and dot colors match the outer strap for a hint of adventure inside.
We have lots more in store for the next project, including an exclusive ink by an ink genius that we all know and love ❤
Now lets have a little fun with a giveaway! Unfortunately I don’t have a Violet de Cobalt to give away but I did find a stash of Montblanc ink I had no idea I had tonight! The winner will receive their choice of Montblanc Beatles Psychedelic Purple or Montblanc BMW Blue.
And since its a new year and the perfect time for letter writing, in addition to your choice of one of the inks above, the prize will include this beautiful stationery set.
I leave you now with a photo of the most comfortable doggo in the world…
January 14, 2019 at 9:49 pm
The Purple Pygmy is my absolute favourite! I love Purple!! Can’t wait for the new KickStarter! Look forward to it! Give Bones & Bits a BIG HUG from Nugget & the SC fam! God Bless & Love You All Bunches!!!
January 14, 2019 at 9:50 pm
Love the purple hippo numbers! But they’re all pretty cute really.
January 14, 2019 at 9:52 pm
Green pygmy please!
January 14, 2019 at 11:03 pm
I’d have to say that the grey & red accented pygmy is my favorite.
January 15, 2019 at 1:37 am
The MB with its black tone does it for me, though the Kobe is very nice.
January 15, 2019 at 1:58 am
Very excited for the pygmy! If I had to choose one color, it would have to be purple — but they are all so pretty!
January 15, 2019 at 2:38 am
I love all the little hippos, I can’t pick a favorite!
January 15, 2019 at 4:05 am
I love the black and pink. Thanks for the ink reviews – purple inks are my favorite.
January 15, 2019 at 5:34 am
Such a great giveaway! I really love the classic black with green, but they’re all gorgeous!
January 15, 2019 at 6:31 am
I like the purple pygmy, but the green might have a subtler grid color. They tie for first place, for me! 🙂
January 15, 2019 at 6:35 am
I like bright colors, so the purple is definitely my favorite!
January 15, 2019 at 7:04 am
I like the black and green pygmy
January 15, 2019 at 7:07 am
I love the purple Pygmy best. ❤
January 15, 2019 at 8:25 am
The purple purple and more purple is my fav! Can’t wait for these smaller notebooks to be available!
January 15, 2019 at 8:44 am
I think I’d have to pick the purple Pygmy, but the brown one is a close second.
January 15, 2019 at 8:45 am
My favorite has to be the purple!
January 15, 2019 at 9:33 am
I agree with you about the ink. The purple is not sufficiently special or different to other available inks to warrant the price point. That sheen is gorgeous so, if that was visible in writing, then it might be a bit different but probably not. It is impossible for me to pick a favourite Hippo book as I love all the colour combinations.
Thank you for the chance to win some ink. I would love to win the Beatles themed ink as I just introduced my sons to fountain pens and ink and my 11 year old is a massive Beatles fan so that would be perfect for him.
January 15, 2019 at 11:35 am
I love anything purple so the purple pygmy is definitely my favorite!
January 15, 2019 at 12:43 pm
Fav would be the blue/turqoise one for me since I already got myself a black, and a purple hippo!
January 15, 2019 at 2:15 pm
Wow, I love this…it gave me more ideas (and more reasons to get these) about these
January 15, 2019 at 4:45 pm
The grey pigmy is good
January 15, 2019 at 7:46 pm
The grey is my absolute favorite! All the grey please!
January 16, 2019 at 5:30 am
You asked which Pigmy is my favorite; I would go with the green.
January 16, 2019 at 7:28 am
Black and green pygmy looks great!
January 16, 2019 at 11:21 am
I’m digging that forest tree/lime notebook!
January 17, 2019 at 2:25 am
All the Pygmies look great. But if I was going to buy one, I’d go with the grey/pink one first.
January 17, 2019 at 4:59 pm
B6?! Hurray! Quick question though, will it be a true B6 or B6 slim?
I’m a sucker for purple so that’s the pygmy I choose.
March 7, 2019 at 7:42 am
I love them all! I’m not Hippo owner yet, but my friend is and she loves hers!