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Creating a notebook that brings out the magic in ink.
Creating a notebook that brings out the magic in ink.
Creating a notebook that brings out the magic in ink.
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Hippo Noto, a Hippo Size Tomoe Paper Notebook

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As avid fountain pen users, we have been on the lookout for the perfect Tomoe paper notebook for quite some time.  Something with a whole lot of paper, yet with all the cool features of traditional journaling notebooks.

What's in a name?

The name Hippo Noto was largely inspired by our son who passed away too soon.  Hippos were his thing, and now he is our hippo in the sky.  We wanted to create a large, hippo sized notebook, and the name seemed fitting.  Noto means "notes" in Japanese, which is where the Tomoe paper is imported from.  We hope you enjoy taking hippo notes!

Hippo Noto Back Pocket in action!
Hippo Noto Back Pocket in action!

Why Tomoe paper?

Tomoe is an incredibly thin paper that is both feather and bleed resistant. Made in Japan, it has superior smoothness while being durable. Tomoe paper brings out the magic in a variety of inks, many times showing sheen or shading that might otherwise be left dormant.  The Hippo Noto has 500 pages of cream Tomoe paper, so feel free to experiment!

Shimmer ink on Hippo Noto 68GSM Tomoe Paper.  Shimmer, Sheen, and Shading all in one place!
Shimmer ink on Hippo Noto 68GSM Tomoe Paper. Shimmer, Sheen, and Shading all in one place!

The Notebook

Hippo Noto has a variety of features, many of which are not found on other Tomoe paper notebooks.

Hippo Noto Features
Hippo Noto Features

The Size

Hippo Noto is a "Pocket A5" size.  It is a little smaller than the traditional size, measuring 131mm x 208mm.  Being a 500 page notebook, we figured making this hippo shorter would only make it more portable and enjoyable.

Hippo Noto on top of traditional A5 size notebook.
Hippo Noto on top of traditional A5 size notebook.

The Colors

Initially there will be three color options.

Blue/Black, Lavender/Pink, Turquoise
Blue/Black, Lavender/Pink, Turquoise

Stretch Goal Color Choice:  Forest Green!

Hippo Noto in Forest Green Mock-up
Hippo Noto in Forest Green Mock-up

 

The Ink

We have been lucky enough to have Robert Oster create an ink exclusive to Hippo Noto.  It is a very well behaved ink that is the true color of hippos. Custom purple, with shades of pink, brown and a black/plum sheen.  Manufactured in the Coonawara wine district in South Australia.  Choose an inky reward and this color will be yours!

Robert Oster Signature Ink exclusively for Hippo Noto
Robert Oster Signature Ink exclusively for Hippo Noto

 

Stretch Goals

  • $13,000 - 1X Blotter paper with each Hippo Noto - REACHED!  3/24/17
  • $25,000 - Additional Color Option - REACHED 3/27/17
  • $30,000 - Pen Loop (detached) REACHED! 4/1/17
  • $40,000 - Ivory Tomoe Paper Option REACHED!  4/7/17
  • $50,000 - Writing Mat REACHED! 4/9/17

 The Dream

To bring the writing community fun yet functional Tomoe paper options and to spread the cuteness of hippos everywhere!

**The notebooks pictured are prototypes and the final product may differ slightly.  The spirit of the book will remain the same ^_^, the prototype is a 99% guide.

Risks and challenges

We are anticipating a smooth project but there is always the potential for bumps along the road. These notebooks are being made overseas, with the paper being imported from Japan. From there the books get assembled in China. The timeline is probably the greatest challenge but we have a great team and an excellent manufacturer who will work hard to produce this product in a timely fashion. Thank you!

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