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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Latest Episodes

#59: I’ve Never Been So Excited About A Black Staple

June 18th, 2013 · 59 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke react to the latest Field Notes release and discuss Myke's latest addition to his collection. Brad also discusses reactions to his Pilot Metropolitan review and dips his toes into fountain pen ink basics.

#58: Dont Tell The Other Listeners

June 11th, 2013 · 42 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke heap praise on our listenership - you guys are why we do this! Brad also discusses recent updates to his Top 5 Pens list and wraps up part two of the nib sizing conversation.

#57: There’s A Rectangular Hole

June 4th, 2013 · 49 minutes

In this episode the guys discuss Brad's new fascination with Tomoe River Paper and Myke's new TWSBI stub. Myke also talks about some new art supplies he received and they wrap it up with part one of a discussion about nib sizes.

#56: Them’s Fightin’ Words

May 28th, 2013 · 50 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke discuss refill options for Myke's Render K, the arrival of the Retro 51 Vintage Surf, and some interesting new inks headed Brad's way. The guys also talk about fountain pen performance on Field Notes and Doane Paper, plus an interesting new pen from Cross.

#55: I'm Officially Jealous

May 21st, 2013 · 52 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke tackle a wide range of topics including a new limited Retro 51 pen, Brad's new fountain pen purchases, pending pencil addiction, and a fantastic new pen holder that one of our listeners sent us. Only after all of that did Myke drop the bombshell about the newest pen in his collection...

#54: The Chair Of The Desk

May 14th, 2013 · 50 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Ana Reinert from the blog The Well-Appointed Desk. Our topics range from pen blogging to good paper for fountain pen use to why Post-It Notes suck so bad.

#53: AMA

May 7th, 2013 · 73 minutes

"Ask Me Anything!" In this episode Brad and Myke field questions from listeners covering a wide range of topics. Pens and paper lead the discussion but we also touch on apps, music, and every day life. It was a fun episode.

#52: It's A Gateway Pen So Be Careful

April 30th, 2013 · 61 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke follow-up on the challenges of having too many fountain pen inks, Myke's new Doane Leather Pen Holster, and a rash of new TWSBI products. Brad also discusses ten pens under $10 that you cannot buy at an office supply retailer, and wraps up with one of his patented rants.

#51: The Things That People Love The Most Are Wrong

April 23rd, 2013 · 42 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke discuss the most desirable aspects of the Parker Vacumatic, and as Brad recently found out, ambering of the barrel is not it. Brad also discusses testing fountain pen inks in the latest Field Notes edition, and the boys get into the usage and management of their fountain pen collections.

#50: Investigative Pen Journalism

April 16th, 2013 · 67 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke discuss Brad's recent trip to the Atlanta Pen Show. It was a highly successful and educational adventure, resulting in many new additions to Brad's pen arsenal.