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

#479: Fountain Pen Companion with Urban Hafner

September 16th, 2021 · 59 minutes

Brad is joined this week by Urban Hafner, the developer of Fountain Pen Companion. FPC is an essential site for fountain pen and ink fanatics, and the answer to all of your “How do I track all of this stuff?” questions. Thank you Urban for sharing your story!

#478: 27% More Color Density

September 8th, 2021 · 73 minutes

How important is color density in your gel ink pens? Zebra would like you to find out. Brad would like Pentel to find out who besmirched the legacy of Pikachu on their latest EnerGel, and then helps you decide on what to look for in your next planner.

#477: This Notebook Has Rules

September 1st, 2021 · 68 minutes

What’s more fun than talking about companies who recycle and reuse old products as new again? We pile on #MONTBLANCGATE this week, before digging into to Brad’s experience with the PLOTTER notebook system

#476: Particular Thoughts about Particular Products

August 25th, 2021 · 71 minutes

You want thoughts about stationery? Brad has them. He breaks down the Uni Alpha Gel Switch and the TWSBI Swipe, and ends up with more questions than answers. At least he has 18 new bottles of ink to distract him.

#475: Butter-Softly

August 18th, 2021 · 57 minutes

What is going on with Jowo? What is Kaweco planning? What is Pilot recalling? Brad and Myke attempt to break it all down, along with discussing a good pen, and an ink you should never put in a fountain pen.

#474: Grippier Grips

August 11th, 2021 · 54 minutes

Myke is back, and allows Brad to regale him with tales of stationary wonder. Brad has new pens (shocker,) new ideas (shocker,) and new writers (shocker!!!) Tune in for all of this stationary goodness.

#473: Nail Time with the Nib Doctor

August 4th, 2021 · 57 minutes

Brad upgraded this week and connected with Audrey Matteson, Franklin-Christoph’s one and only Nib Doctor. They thoroughly consider test driving the latest nail polish, and have a bonanza discussing all of the analog(ue) tools you know and love.

#472: Pretty Very Also Good

July 28th, 2021 · 55 minutes

We should rename this podcast to Brad Buys Pens, because that is all he has done this summer. We discuss his latest acquisitions, a Pilot Pokemon collab, and an awesome community-focused Leonardo pen about to launch.

#471: I Drop Pens All The Time

July 21st, 2021 · 60 minutes

The amount of pens being dropped in this community is too darn high! What can be done about that? Brad and Myke discuss that, plus large capacity converters, ultra-fine tipped ballpoints, and Brad’s love of Ultem.

#470: Fibers in the Groove

July 14th, 2021 · 68 minutes

It’s an action-packed episode this week, as Brad and Myke cover the upcoming Drillog launch, the new TWSBI Swipe, and everything in between. Watch out for the Ruler Mafia!