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

#433: Why would you do that‽

October 21st, 2020 · 72 minutes

It’s a business-heavy podcast this week, as we talk about bits of news across the stationery industry. We also discuss the upcoming virtual Detroit Pen Show, and a couple of new products on Brad’s desk.

#432: Blacklight Poster Pens

October 14th, 2020 · 52 minutes

Sailor pens or Benu pens? Why not both! We dig into the latest Sailor business news this week, and Brad expresses his love for a brand he was indifferent on for years. We also reminisce about our friend Bob Johnson, owner of the DC Supershow, who passed away last month.

#431: May I Buy This From You?

October 7th, 2020 · 76 minutes

What do you think of the Sailor Pen rebrand? How do you review the King of Pen? Is King of Pen even spelled correctly? These are the hard hitting questions Brad and Myke tackle today. Plus, Brad asks if he can buy a pen.

#430: Better than the G2

September 30th, 2020 · 65 minutes

The Pilot G2 is a good gel ink pen. There are better gel ink pens right next to it on the store shelf, and Brad digs into the ones you should consider the next time you are stocking up.

#429: Name of the Pen on the Pen

September 23rd, 2020 · 72 minutes

Myke is back after a week on the lam and we have a lot to catch up on! Kickstarter campaigns, pen releases, charity drives - all of the things on this jam-packed episode.

#428: Stacked Nibs

September 16th, 2020 · 51 minutes

Interview time! Brad is joined by Gena Salorino from Custom Nib Studio to discuss all things nib grinding. What has life during lockdown been like for a pen show regular? What type of grind should you get, and on what pen? And what magic does Gena have up her sleeves for the future?

#427: Nobonichi

September 9th, 2020 · 56 minutes

Is it Hobonichi season already? 2020 was not the best year for planners, but it’s time to get right back in there for 2021! Brad and Myke also discuss other active projects, with updates on the Retro 51 Celebration, Nock Co. news, and a big raffle for St. Jude.

#426: When Am I Gonna Get One?

September 2nd, 2020 · 61 minutes

Will Brad ever ship Myke his Retro51 Celebration? Will Myke become a pirate? Will Brad re-up his pencil subscription? All of these questions - and more - answered in this week’s episode.

#425: The 1911 of Pen

August 26th, 2020 · 64 minutes

Packing. Pens. Podcastathon. We talk about all of those things, although not in that order. Plus, what pens would you pair with your other preferences?

#424: Keyboard Addict

August 19th, 2020 · 69 minutes

What has happened to this show? Are we no longer discussing pens? Of course we are! But Myke has a wonderful digression on how similar the mechanical keyboard community is to the pen community. Join us!