The Pen Addict is a weekly fix for all things stationery. Pens, pencils, paper, ink – you name it, and Brad Dowdy and Myke Hurley are into it. Join as they geek out over the analog tools they love so dearly.

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#457: A Literal Banana

April 14th, 2021 · 64 minutes

When is a big pen too big? Brad found out almost immediately after last week’s show. The discussion then turns to a new, old notebook that Brad is enjoying, which led to an even deeper discussion around stationary satisfaction.

#456: Citrus, Orange, and Tangerine Esq.

April 8th, 2021 · 75 minutes

Brad’s lawyers were active this week, but the situation has been resolved with no further intervention required. Brad follows up on a conversation with Retro 51, and a new pen he is shopping for, then Myke jumps in to discuss Sailor’s 110th Anniversary.

#455: Thumbs Up for Fountain Pens

March 31st, 2021 · 60 minutes

Some days are rough, and some days are just like “Thumbs up for fountain pens!” Today is definitely the latter, as Brad and Myke discuss making your own Sailor Pro Gear, the new Schon DSGN Ultem model, and Brad corrects a big error from last week.

#454: Concerning Your Use of Orange…

March 24th, 2021 · 61 minutes

The cases are shipped! The nibs are in flight! The use of orange is … questionable? Brad and Myke discuss all the things, including new stuff from our favorites at CW Pencil Enterprise, Musubi, Gravitas, and The Well-Appointed Desk.

#453: What Have You Done?

March 17th, 2021 · 68 minutes

Myke received a rare box of goodies from Brad, and then a second right behind that. What's going on in this world where that would actually happen. Myke discusses what was inside the boxes, plus new limited edition releases from Pilot, Sailor, and TWSBI.

#452: Not Enough Sizing

March 10th, 2021 · 78 minutes

We make things! Both Brad and Myke have hot products in the works, including a restock of the Theme System Journal, and a new Spoke fountain pen - or three. We dig into all of that, plus some interesting pen store news, in this week’s episode.

#451: Changing the World One Person at a Time

March 3rd, 2021 · 55 minutes

What if you launched a Collection, but spelled it Sport? Brad has fun at Kaweco’s expense this week before digging into the new Pilot Special Edition he has been waiting for. Or maybe not

#450: The Friendships We Made Along the Way

February 24th, 2021 · 133 minutes

450 podcast episodes, and nearly 10 years of Kickstarter campaigns! Brad and Myke discuss their personal highlights - and a few lowlights - of nearly 200 campaigns backed.

#449: Retail 9-9-5

February 17th, 2021 · 55 minutes

How engineered does a dip pen need to be? Apparently VERY engineered is the answer, and we are here for it. We discuss that very interesting pen, Brad’s new Ultra Extra Fine nib, and the design heather that Leonardo has been on this year.

#448: The Hurley School of Pen Usage

February 10th, 2021 · 89 minutes

Adina is back! And this time, she has comics in tow. How is she making them? What pens and paper is she using? How did she decide what colors of Sailor Ink Studio to purchase? All of that, and more, in this awesome episode.