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

#96: I’m Attached To Pencils

March 5th, 2014 · 66 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Andy Welfle from to discuss pencils. No, we haven't gone off our rocker, we just want to learn! We discuss all things woodcase pencils, from materials, to lead grades, to some of Andy's current favorites. Is there a Pencil Addict podcast in the making?

#95: Fabber Castle

February 26th, 2014 · 47 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke discuss the amazingly thorough feedback they received from Episode 94. We love how passionate our listeners are! We also talk about the perfect new pen for Myke, a few recent reviews Brad has done, and a possible new addiction creeping into Brad's arsenal.

#94: The Pen Ambassador

February 19th, 2014 · 49 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke discuss the feedback they got from the EDC episode (#92) as well as further discussion on cold weather pens and inks. They also discuss new TWSBI products and the LA Pen Show before Brad questions what is really going on in the great big pen world.

#93: Never Say Never

February 12th, 2014 · 65 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke open up the floor and take questions from their followers on Twitter. The questions run the gamut from fountain pen nib modifications, to gel ink pens, to signing birth certificates. Yes, we went there. Brad also gives a Nock Co. update and a sneak preview of a new product collaboration available soon.

#92: Awinkening

February 7th, 2014 · 51 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke dig into all things Every Day Carry. EDC means different things to different people so we try to bridge that gap and discuss all types of quality EDC pens and pencils. We also talk about a couple of new products to hit the market and my new fountain pen ink problem.

#91: Are They Even Pen Addicts?

January 29th, 2014 · 50 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke share some wonderful reader mail; including Japanese translation tips and a podcast suggestion Brad took to heart. Myke also brings his ‘perfect pen’ quest to a conclusion - a purchase has been made! Brad also opened his wallet this week for a new pen from the Far East, and the guys pick out their pen murder weapon of…

#90: The Perfect Pen For Now

January 21st, 2014 · 52 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke dive deeper into finding the perfect pen for his friend. The list is getting narrowed down and getting larger at the same time. Is that even possible? We also discuss a Visionnaire convert, ink and Ink, and a slew of new pen reviews, including the Tactile Turn Mover.

#89: I'm The Best At The Worst

January 15th, 2014 · 59 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke talk about incredible customer service from TWSBI, plus a new aluminium piston filler we desperately want them to introduce. We also talk about an interesting stone paper notebook, writing with your opposite hand, and how to help someone find the perfect pen.

#88: Mollycoddling

January 8th, 2014 · 65 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke discuss their stationery resolutions and wish lists for 2014. Many challenges lie ahead in the new year as well as many budget-breaking purchases. Brad has already marked one off the list and the year just began!

#87: Putting A Pen Out To Pasture

December 31st, 2013 · 42 minutes

In this episode we cover a wide range of topics including a new Pen Addict Podcast Drinking Game, Myke's latest purchase and Brad's new favorite fountain pen for beginners. We also discuss how the Field Notes Cold Horizon edition handles fountain pen inks differently than other editions and, sadly, when it is time to retire a pen from daily use.