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

#77: I'm A Lost Cause

October 24th, 2013 · 61 minutes

In this episode Brad races back from the airport to chat with Myke about the many goings on in the pen world. Kickstarter projects continue to stay in the news, new pen resources are available, and Brad has completed a long awaited review.

Bonus: Tweets were answered!

#76: It Has Two Nibs

October 15th, 2013 · 56 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke follow up on a pen purchase that Brad has been wanting to make for months and finally did. Brad also talks about the big update to his Top 5 Pens list, including two separate fountain pen lists and the much requested fountain pen ink Top 5.

#75: Nerdiness In Its Purest Form

October 8th, 2013 · 50 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke share their new fountain pen experiences from the weekend. Brad attended his first pen collectors club meeting, and Myke attended his first pen show. It was a fantastic learning experience, although Myke went broke much faster.

#74: Why Can't You Do This

October 1st, 2013 · 62 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke each issue corrections from the previous episode, before getting into the story of the day: The launch of the Nock Co. Kickstarter. They discuss all the nuts and bolts of designing, pricing, and launching the project, and all the nerves that come along with it.

#73: Polar Beer

September 26th, 2013 · 58 minutes

In this episode we discuss Myke's recent trip to Portland for the XOXO Fest and all of the Field Notes goodness that came along with it. Speaking of Field Notes, the Fall 2013 edition is out and in Brad's hands during this episode. The boys also discuss a booming pen project on Kickstarter and a very magical pen picture that showed up on Twitter.

#72: It’s A Shame You Picked The Wrong Pen

September 17th, 2013 · 61 minutes

In this episode the boys are back together and discussing two pen reviews a long time coming: The Lamy 2000 and the Cult Pens Kaweco Mini Fountain Pen. Brad also talks about his role in a recent Wirecutter article on the best pen, and Myke goes gaga over a Field Notes spreadsheet to end all spreadsheets.

#71: Sharpening Rainbows

September 14th, 2013 · 66 minutes

In this episode Brad is joined by Ana Reinert from The Well-Appointed Desk to discuss all things stationery. Topics include this rise in popularity of pencils, recent crowd-funded notebook projects, what to do when a product you love gets discontinued, and how to handle a faulty pen.

#70: Bullet Journal Time

September 3rd, 2013 · 60 minutes

In this episode, Brad and Myke are joined by Ryder Carroll from We discuss how the idea for the Bullet Journal came to be, how to get started, and some tips and tricks to keep your journal flowing smoothly. Myke and I also do a bit of follow-up on the back end of the show on a few hot topics of the week.

#69: Give ‘em Hell Bryan Bedell!

August 27th, 2013 · 53 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Field Notes jack-of-all-trades Bryan Bedell. Bryan talks about the creative process behind their limited COLORS editions, the design choices they make around paper and cover styles, and the challenges of getting everything just right. We also have fun talking about the collectibility aspect of the brand …

#68: It Is Tuesday And We Are Listening

August 20th, 2013 · 50 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke regale you with wonderful words of poetry from our listeners. Once we are centered and in our happy place, we discuss the big price jumps in the secondary Field Notes market, pen conversation on other 5by5 podcasts, and unveil Brad's new pen case project with Nock Co.