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

#75: Nerdiness In Its Purest Form

October 8th, 2013 · 50 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke share their new fountain pen experiences from the weekend. Brad attended his first pen collectors club meeting, and Myke attended his first pen show. It was a fantastic learning experience, although Myke went broke much faste

#74: Why Can't You Do This

October 1st, 2013 · 62 minutes

In this episode Brad and Myke each issue corrections from the previous episode, before getting into the story of the day: The launch of the Nock Co. Kickstarter. They discuss all the nuts and bolts of designing, pricing, and launching the project, and all

#73: Polar Beer

September 26th, 2013 · 58 minutes

In this episode we discuss Myke's recent trip to Portland for the XOXO Fest and all of the Field Notes goodness that came along with it. Speaking of Field Notes, the Fall 2013 edition is out and in Brad's hands during this episode. The boys also discuss a

#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

#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, an

#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 f

#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

#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 unvei

#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

#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 arou