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

#65: CSI Pen-Town

July 30th, 2013 · 69 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by special guest Ed Jelley. We follow up on two popular Kickstarter projects - the Visionnaire and the Ajoto - as well as a new resource for Field Notes trading. We then get into all things Ed, including how his blog came to be, the challenges of owning an expensive pen, his favorites, and some of the great…

#64: Johnny Anypen

July 23rd, 2013 · 68 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke get into the hot topic of the week in the pen community: The Visionnaire. This Kickstarter project has blown up while raising as many questions as it answers. It provided the backdrop for an excellent conversation.

#63: Electric Shock Treatment

July 16th, 2013 · 42 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke discuss a recent article about the Kickstarter pen phenomenon and an interesting pen project that is currently in the funding stage. Brad also gets his first real Sailor and engages Myke in a conversation on how to improve the big box retail experience.

#62: Lefty Apologist

July 8th, 2013 · 64 minutes

In this episode, Myke and Brad are joined by the always wonderful Ana Reinert from The Well-Appointed Desk. We discuss the challenges left-handed writers have with pens and inks and make recommendations for products that can help.

#61: Welcome To Dan Land

July 2nd, 2013 · 65 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Dan Bishop from Karas Kustoms to discuss their latest Kickstarter project, the RETRAKT. Dan gets into the origination of the pen, the challenges of the design, and other pen ideas that are rolling around in his brain.

#60: You Are One Of Us

June 25th, 2013 · 50 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by 5by5 founder Dan Benjamin in a rousing discussion about pens and paper, pronunciation, and grilled cheese.

#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.