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

#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.

#67: I’m A Fashion Maven

August 13th, 2013 · 46 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke cover loads of follow-up topics, including a Field Notes AMA, why Brad chose the specific five fountain pens in his load out, and a cool new collaboration from Cult Pens and Kaweco. We also go back in the archives and discuss how well we have stuck to our stationery resolutions for 2013.

#66: Epically Trolled

August 6th, 2013 · 45 minutes

In this episode Myke and Brad give the latest update on the Visionnaire Kickstarter project, which is aiming to become the most funded pen project ever. Brad also discusses his favorite Field Notes editions and gets into the difficulties he is having around his current fountain pen load out.

#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.