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.



Latest Episodes

#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!

#44: Pentervention

March 7th, 2013 · 48 minutes

In this episode we discover that Myke has a problem, as if we didn't know this already. He goes through some of his travails hunting down Field Notes for his collection, and Brad discusses both his and Myke's new Field Notes pages on their respective websites. Myke also discusses the results of his search for a new, fast-drying fountain pen ink.

#43: Adding To Cart Now

February 26th, 2013 · 54 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by esteemed guest Patrick Rhone from Minimal Mac. Patrick jumps in our quick drying ink conversation, discusses why paper is always "On", and school the fellas on vintage fountain pens.

#42: Short Attention Span Theatre

February 19th, 2013 · 66 minutes

In this episode Myke and Brad play catch-up after a lost week. Both of the boys have loads of new products in hand, including rare Field Notes editions, Myke's first TWSBI, and an old school Namiki Vanishing Point.

#41: I Liken It To Unicorn Poop

February 6th, 2013 · 39 minutes

In this episode Brad talks about his latest fountain pen purchase, and most importantly, the nib he went out of his comfort zone to buy. The guys also dig into some reader mail, and Brad talks about the roadblocks in getting his ink review series started.

#40: It Was Very Troubling To Me

January 29th, 2013 · 37 minutes

In this episode Brad recaps the video series "An Obsessive's Guide to Field Notes" and the boys also discuss their findings on how to best clean a fountain pen.

#39: We Are The Normal Ones

January 24th, 2013 · 46 minutes

In this episode Myke discusses an interesting pen he has carried for years that we refer to as the "MacGuyver of Pens" and I elaborate on my first successful Field Notes trade. This leads into our main discussion of our pen addiction and how the things we do and think about are very, very normal amongst other addicts like ourselves.

#38: Playing The Role Of My Mother

January 15th, 2013 · 52 minutes

In this episode Brad follows up on a recent PSA on The Pen Addict blog and then the boys dig into why they carry the pens they do every day and how they manage the herd.