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

#526: All of the Fruit Combinations

August 17th, 2022 · 49 minutes

Brad is on a pen show bender-when will it end? Not for several weeks, at least! Brad has signed up for classes in San Francisco, started updating his Top 5 Pens list, and rails on ink bottle design thanks to an #ASKTPA question. Myke is here, too.

#525: Don’t Leave Me

August 10th, 2022 · 52 minutes

Brad auditioned for not one, but two new jobs this week. What are they, and will he be leaving Myke in the dust? Tune in to find out!

#524: So?!

August 3rd, 2022 · 57 minutes

It’s DC Pen Show week-will you be there? Brad and Myke won’t, but that doesn’t stop Brad from being the unofficial hype man for the “Supershow.” What will you find there? Maybe some of the new products we discuss on this episode.

#523: Average is Good

July 27th, 2022 · 62 minutes

What is the P.A.R.? Brad breaks down the stationery grading system he shares with Pen Addict Members each week, and gives out grades for a few popular products. The show also makes a guest appearance on the most recent Office Ladies podcast, which is the highlight of a lifetime for Brad and Myke.

#522: Your Pen Type

July 20th, 2022 · 61 minutes

Do you have a pen type? Can you define it? Is there a single pen that encapsulates your pen type perfectly? Brad explores what he looks for when buying and selling pens in an effort to make the best decision possible.

#521: Un, Deux, Trois, Quatre, BAG

July 13th, 2022 · 55 minutes

International. Paper. Standards.

#520: National Guacamole Day

July 6th, 2022 · 55 minutes

How much Ultem is too much? We aren’t there yet, according to Brad. In fact, he wants more Ultem in his pens and pencils. He and Myke discuss that, plus and interesting Sailor North America release, National Mechanical Pencil Day, and a hopeful conclusion to the TWSBI/Narwhal saga.

#519: We Tried Harder With This One

June 29th, 2022 · 53 minutes

What is the ultimate EDC? Could it be the ULTEMate EDC? Brad and Myke discuss a new product from Tactile Turn featuring everybody’s favorite plastic alternative, a wild release from Franklin-Christoph, and Brad’s thoughts on the Kaweco Premium nib after months of use.

#518: Just Spell it Lewis

June 16th, 2022 · 68 minutes

Myke is back! Or is he? Brad talks to some person on the other end of the line about all things stationary, including Lamy making some Vista moves, skulls on a stick, and a decade of greatness that culminates in … something else.

#517: Ride or Die Hobonichi

June 8th, 2022 · 61 minutes

Brad is joined this week by April Wu. April, aka Penguins Creative, is an avid
traveller, journaler, and stationery junkie. In short, she is one of us! She also works
for DESIGNPHIL, the parent company of Traveler’s Company, Plotter, and other
well-known stationery brands.