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

#565: Egregious Gouging

May 24th, 2023 · 51 minutes

Oh Uni-ball, what have you done? Brad and Myke discuss Uni’s way of “combatting resellers” by price gouging their loyal customers. They also dig into the eternal branding questions, and discuss Brad’s Happy Writing kick.

#564: The Distribution Game

May 17th, 2023 · 52 minutes

Brad is joined this week by Bryce Gillett from Luxury Brands of America. Bryce breaks down the role distributors play in the stationery market, from getting products from manufacturers to consumers, choosing brands to work with, and the behind the scenes

#563: Outs and Ins and Arounds

May 10th, 2023 · 55 minutes

Brad is back from the Chicago Pen Show, with tales of deep dish pizza to tell. There were pens, too, as he breaks it all down in this episode. Brad also discusses his grand Jury Duty stationery selections.

#562: Brad Breaks Stationery

May 3rd, 2023 · 57 minutes

Many new pens crossed the desk of The Pen Addict this week. Which ones survived? Tune in to find out!

#561: BAT!

April 26th, 2023 · 53 minutes

We tried to let the ChatGPT conversation be one episode and done, but Lamy had other ideas. We discuss their AI design, praise Pilot’s new pen color, get inky with red inks, and Brad shares his love for the Pentel Sharp.

#560: Dear LAMY,

April 19th, 2023 · 55 minutes

Since Brad and Myke can’t talk Lamy into making an Orange Lamy 2000, maybe AI can? They give it a shot this week!

#559: Overbooked My Brain

April 12th, 2023 · 59 minutes

There were many recurring themes this episode, including one which sent Brad over the edge. So far over the edge that he has implemented a moratorium for the rest of the year.

#558: Gecko Like the Lizard

April 5th, 2023 · 49 minutes

The Lamy bracket final is upon us-who do you have taking down the title? The venerably Lamy 2000, or the upstart Lamy Safari? It’s a battle for the ages! Brad also recaps his visit to the Atlanta Pen Show, and then gets back to his vacation.

#557: He's British So I Love Him

March 29th, 2023 · 49 minutes

If Lando Norris used a Lamy pen, which would it be? Maybe one that landed in the Final Four of the Lamy Bracket? Or maybe a Deelite Safari? Let’s find out!

#556: Pen Sommelier

March 22nd, 2023 · 58 minutes

What are we using? Why are we using them? How difficult will Brad make this? Find out this week on The Pen Addict!