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

#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.

#49: A Sailor Is At The Top Of My Wish List

April 9th, 2013 · 62 minutes

In this episode Myke and Brad discuss two recent purchases that may be heading to number one on their respective favorite pen lists. Myke also discusses a nice surprise from his recent JetPens order, and Brad goes over his shopping list for the upcoming Atlanta Pen Show.

#48: Ooh, You Said A Bad Word

April 2nd, 2013 · 48 minutes

In this episode Myke and Brad run the gamut of topics, including a follow-up on the Retro 51 Snapper, the new Field Notes Colors Edition, and a big update to Brad's Top 5 Pens list.

#47: Dan Bishop from Karas Kustoms

March 26th, 2013 · 43 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Dan Bishop from Karas Kustoms. Dan is the designer and manufacturer behind successful Kickstarter pen projects such as the Render K and The BOLT. We have a great conversation on how the pens came to be and what goes on behind the scenes in the manufacturing process. Thank you Dan for joining us!

#46: The Trifecta

March 19th, 2013 · 36 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke discuss the trifecta of products spoken about more than any other on the podcast. This will naturally include—insane Field Notes pricing, Vanishing Point modifications, and a new Retro 51 product.

#45: Turning Japanese

March 11th, 2013 · 55 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke discuss the weird and awesome world of Japanese pens. What Japanese pens should be brought to the US market? What Japanese pens are different from their US counterparts? And Japanese pen marketing? It is the best!