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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. Hosted by Myke Hurley and Brad Dowdy.
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The Pen Addict 360: Cancelling is Not an Option

1:09:22 | May 22nd

We discuss television stationary controversies, Lamy Ballpoints, Kaweco nibs, and Spoke Pens in this wide-ranging episode of your favorite podcast.
The Pen Addict 359: Difficult Pickles

1:08:00 | May 15th

Between Stan, The Deep, and Kyanite du Nepal, Brad had a difficult time choosing his favorite new products this week. And that’s not even close to all that was discussed on this amazing journey that we call The Pen Addict Podcast.
The Pen Addict 357: The Porsche of Moleskines

53:46 | May 1st

Brad has stated for years that Leuchtturm is the way to go if you are looking to upgrade your Moleskine, and now he has validation! We also discuss Myke’s very special Sailor, TWSBI Ink, and say Happy World Stationery Day to all!
The Pen Addict 356: Busy Week in the Inbox

1:12:57 | Apr 24th

We got a ton of feedback on last week’s episode, mostly in Brad’s email inbox. We go through those messages as part of an overall discussion about pen commentary and our place in it. We also dig into Kaweco’s soul, and what makes a Perfect Pencil.
The Pen Addict 355: Redlight Project

1:02:28 | Apr 17th

Brad and Myke dig into all of the recent pen news, including a rash of Kickstarter projects that bear a lengthy discussion. They also talk about what they are currently using, and answer all of the #ASKTPA. John Tesh, are you listening?
The Pen Addict 354: As Legally and Safely as Possible

1:00:27 | Apr 10th

Wait, are we still in Atlanta? No, but it sure feels like it. Brad and Myke wrap up the Atlanta Pen Show, talk final purchases, and catch up on the recent pen news.
The Pen Addict 352: Mandatory Cookout

1:20:42 | Mar 27th

We are ready for the Atlanta Pen Show! So ready, in fact, that we have official third host Ana Reinert join us this week for our annual pen show pre-game episode.
The Pen Addict 351: Hardest Question of all the Questions

1:06:19 | Mar 21st

You ask, we answer. Maybe. While we may not have all of the answers, we do know that you all helped us smash every Pen Addict Kickstarter record ever. We discuss that, episode 350 feedback, and new notebooks that Brad loves.
The Pen Addict 350: Superbacker

1:21:15 | Mar 13th

There is a long list of topics that are recurring themes on this show, and Kickstarter projects are certainly one of them. It’s apparently Kickstarter season, and we discuss them all. A perfect topic for our 350th episode!
The Pen Addict 348: Baltomorrow

1:05:00 | Feb 27th

All aboard the Baltimore hype train! Brad is hitting up his first pen show of the year very soon, and cannot wait. Myke also tries to buy a Sailor Pen from 7 years ago, and Brad falls in love with the Vanishing Point all over again.
The Pen Addict 346: The Platinum Platinum

1:12:38 | Feb 13th

2019 marks the 100th Anniversary of Platinum Pen. Can they execute a better anniversary year than our friends at Pilot did? We also hit the news with updated Retro 51 fountain pens, new Blackwing pencil availability, and preview the LA Pen Show.
The Pen Addict 345: A Very Brad Dowdy Situation

1:12:38 | Feb 6th

We talk about Kickstarters this week, and not just the one Brad launched! Also, is a sterling silver Kaweco Sport in Myke’s future?
The Pen Addict 344: French Rule Territory

1:05:09 | Jan 30th

Brad makes things! We talk about those things, discuss Sailor’s new ink prices, get ready for the Baltimore Pen Show, and find out what stationery Tom Bobson is using today.
The Pen Addict 343: Brown Reticle Blue Dots

57:16 | Jan 24th

If you could design your own paper layout, what would it look like? Myke has his own ideas in this fun and frolicking episode
The Pen Addict 342: They Made It More Boring

57:59 | Jan 16th

I wasn’t sure it was possible, but they found a way. Who you ask? Tune in to find out!
The Pen Addict 341: Get Your Own Shimmer

1:12:08 | Jan 9th

Did you ever think you would see the day where Brad would ink up a pen with Shimmer ink? Well, that day has come, and he and Myke break it all down.
The Pen Addict 340: It Seems Official

1:04:25 | Jan 2nd

Brad and Myke get 2019 off to a roaring stationery start, with talk of journaling, ink-sperimentation, and new pens. What are your plans for the new year?
The Pen Addict 339: Wub Wub Nib

1:18:34 | Dec 19th, 2018

Brad and Myke take a look at how all of our favorite brands performed in 2018 and what we want to see from them in 2019.
The Pen Addict 338: Container for Your Excess

1:13:44 | Dec 12th, 2018

Myke purchased his first Platinum 3776 and thoughts about it. Could it be better than his beloved Sailors? Brad discusses new products from Blackwing and Elemental Paper, plus teases every project he is working on that he can’t tell you about yet.
The Pen Addict 337: Pen Pin – Holiday Gift Guide 2018

1:29:43 | Dec 5th, 2018

It’s that time of the year! Brad, Myke, and our favorite co-host Ana Reinert answer all of the gifting questions you have for this holiday season.
The Pen Addict 336: That's When I Heard the Second Car

1:09:58 | Nov 28th, 2018

The long-overdue #ASKTPA and Pen Addict Horror Stories episode. You don’t want to miss this one.
The Pen Addict 335: A Very Peculiar Scale

1:13:03 | Nov 21st, 2018

We love lists, and we love talking about lists, so let’s talk about a list that is 100 pens long! Brad also shares his notebook project, and Myke tries to catch them all.
The Pen Addict 334: Yes, I Am a Tastemaker

1:16:20 | Nov 14th, 2018

Every awesome paper product on the planet released in the past week, and we are here to break it down. We also talk double-nibbed fountain pens, and Brad comes clean about being a tastemaker.
The Pen Addict 333: Top Five Pens 2018

1:32:37 | Nov 7th, 2018

Do you want to know what pens, pencils, paper, and inks are the best? Brad is here to tell you.
The Pen Addict 332: The Big Little Pen Show

1:19:48 | Oct 31st, 2018

Live from a hotel room in Toronto! Our 2018 Pen Addict World Tour wrapped up in epic fashion, with stops in New York City and Toronto. Ana, Brad, and Myke discuss what turned out to be a very eye-opening trip. Come along for the ride!
The Pen Addict 330: This Pen Will Never Die

57:57 | Oct 17th, 2018

We talk about a lot of amazing pens this episode. The Sailor King of Pen. The Lamy Safari. Retro 51. But none - NONE - hold a candle to the one pen to rule them all.
The Pen Addict 327: Japan Can Help You

56:27 | Sep 26th, 2018

Another week, and ten Sailors for Myke. Ok not ten, just two this week. And maybe eyes for a few more. We also dig into the new Field Notes and Blackwing releases, and Brad preps for the Dallas Pen Show.
The Pen Addict 326: Pen Addict and Pens Rule!

55:40 | Sep 19th, 2018

How do you handle partially used notebooks? Brad declares notebook bankruptcy, but is that the best solution? Myke remains on Sailor high alert, and we also explore what Pilot is doing with their new Explorer fountain pen, much to Brad’s chagrin.
The Pen Addict 324: The Enthusiasts

1:02:39 | Sep 5th, 2018

I don’t know what you know, but I like it all, and I can ask you questions. Such is our life on The Pen Addict podcast. In this episode, Myke and I take over two pen companies and make them better.
The Pen Addict 323: Mother Cover

59:07 | Aug 29th, 2018

Do you have your plans made for the 2019 Hobonichi Festival? The what, you say? Brad and Myke break down all the Hobonichi planner goodness, plus new orange Sailor Pens, Elemental Notebooks, and the Pelikan infographic of awesomeness.
The Pen Addict 322: Burner Pen

1:11:06 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Did the world most perfect burner pen just hit the market? Maybe so in the TWSBI Go. Myke gives his initial impressions of this very unique pen, plus we discuss the new luxury lineup from J. Herbin and Lamy Crystal ink pricing.
The Pen Addict 321: Ciaowdy!

57:02 | Aug 15th, 2018

What is orange will never die. Lamy made new inks, and nary an orange was to be found. We are keeping the faith though! We also talk about letter writing apps, game-changing pens, and the amazing resource that is the Stationery Wiki.
The Pen Addict 320: Terrible Advice about All Your Stationery Needs

59:54 | Aug 8th, 2018

The 2018 D.C. Pen Show is in the books, and Brad is back to tell the tale. And he may or may not have bought a Nakaya.
The Pen Addict 319: I Triumphantly Return

1:07:24 | Aug 1st, 2018

Myke is back! And, we have loads to catch up on. Everything is covered in this episode, from Kanilea Pens, to Lamy Orange cartridges, to Kickstarter projects, and more.
The Pen Addict 318: The Pen Thief

1:19:04 | Jul 25th, 2018

Brad is joined this week by artist, bookbinder, writer, and stationery reviewer extraordinaire Less Harper. Did you know Less has one of the longest running stationery blogs on the internet?
The Pen Addict 317: Born With It

1:04:33 | Jul 18th, 2018

Brad is joined this week by Esterbrook dealer to the stars, Jessica Coles. They discuss buying, selling, and restoring vintage pens, plus pen show travels and the expansion of Jesi’s empire.
The Pen Addict 316: Let's Build a Pen

55:26 | Jul 11th, 2018

All of your #ASKTPA questions, answered in one episode!
The Pen Addict 315: This Orange Doesn't Exist

50:16 | Jul 4th, 2018

We are troublemakers at heart, and we can’t help but wonder: Did we cause a problem with Lamy Orange ink? Not likely, but it was a fun discussion regardless. That wasn’t the only orange ink discussed, but it was the least sparkly.
The Pen Addict 314: Everyone’s Favorite Game

56:25 | Jun 27th, 2018

Field Notes released a new quarterly edition, and Brad and Myke try to guess what each other think about the edition. They also discuss more new Sailor pens, and what to do about that, plus, fight over Lamy Orange ink.
The Pen Addict 313: The Ocean is in My Hand

59:52 | Jun 20th, 2018

Brad has the Sailor Pro Gear Ocean in hand, and is it as fabulous as he expected? Tune in to find out!
The Pen Addict 312: Squidgy Marshmallow

1:03:24 | Jun 13th, 2018

Buffeted by a balmy breeze, Brad and Myke discuss Platinum’s latest release, journaling skills - or lack thereof - and what 3-D printing can do for the pen community.
The Pen Addict 311: The Worst Possible Paper

1:15:18 | Jun 6th, 2018

Brad is joined by Mike Matteson of Inkdependence this week to recap the Triangle Pen Show, follow-up on the state of the stationery industry, and answer all of your #asktpa.
The Pen Addict 310: A Mini Reckoning

57:17 | May 30th, 2018

What does the future hold for the stationery industry? Brad and Myke look into their crystal balls, and inevitably get things wrong.
The Pen Addict 309: Cool Your Boots Over There

1:06:46 | May 23rd, 2018

Brad is back from Houston, and is heading to Raleigh! We catch up on his travels, new Kickstarter projects, and the latest from Retro 51.
The Pen Addict 308: Full Metal Body

1:00:53 | May 16th, 2018

Do you really want to hear how Brad packs for a pen shop visit? Apparently so, as he lays out his gear for a trip to Dromgoole’s in Houston. He and Myke also dig into new Kaweco and Pelikan special Editions, and answer all of your #asktpa questions.
The Pen Addict 307: Welcome To Two Months Ago

1:06:57 | May 9th, 2018

Two weeks between recording gives the boys a lot to talk about! Everything from new product talk, to Sailors, Pelikans, Kanilea pens, and more. Join in on the fun!
The Pen Addict 306: Pen...cil

57:55 | May 2nd, 2018

Interested in making your own fountain pens? We follow-up on our previous #asktpa with feedback from two just-getting-started pen makers. We also talk about the challenges of good mechanical pencil design, and pick the perfect pen for a Park Ranger.
The Pen Addict 305: I Believe in Standards

1:08:19 | Apr 25th, 2018

It’s new notebook day on the podcast, as Brad and Myke discuss a slew of new releases crossing our desks. Limited editions were also a hot topic, this week hotter than most with the launch of the Retro 51 “The System” rollerball.
The Pen Addict 304: I'm Out of Superlatives

1:06:36 | Apr 18th, 2018

Brad and Myke are back from Atlanta and recap the best show ever. At least until the next one!
The Pen Addict 303: Live from the Atlanta Pen Show 2018

1:03:13 | Apr 15th, 2018

We are live! Thank you to all of our Kickstarter backers for making this live episode possible. Listen in as Ana, Brad, and Myke discuss the Atlanta Pen Show and interview Jim Rouse from Franklin-Christoph and Lisa Vanness from Vanness Pens.
The Pen Addict 302: BradDowdy Brad-Dowdy Edition

1:04:36 | Apr 4th, 2018

Brad prepped for the Atlanta Pen Show by buying all of the things beforehand. Myke showed some responsibility by making a game plan for the show. It’s time to get hyped!
The Pen Addict 301: Bingo!

1:01:43 | Mar 28th, 2018

Did you get your Bingo card before listening? If not, you know what to do for next time. Aside from filling squares, Brad and Myke discussed their current writing setups, new goods from Blackingwing and Sailor, and getting your nib ground.
The Pen Addict 300: A Podcast About Pens

1:01:25 | Mar 21st, 2018

300 episodes of a podcast about pens. Who would have thought it?
The Pen Addict 299: Mail Time with Brad

1:25:23 | Mar 14th, 2018

Brad and Myke catch up on all of the #asktpa questions they have been hoarding for weeks. And Myke finally paid the piper for his Pink Love.
The Pen Addict 298: This Pen Show Has Character

1:08:43 | Mar 7th, 2018

Brad recaps his trip to the Baltimore Pen Show. Did it live up to the hype? Myke discusses his journaling talk on Cortex, and gives a full review of the Kaweco GRIP for Apple Pencil.
The Pen Addict 297: Who's the Fool Now Steve?

1:15:04 | Feb 28th, 2018

Kickstarter updates abound, with the Pen Addict project wrapping up, the Wancher project getting delayed, and a new pen project that made Myke’s eyes pop out of his head. Brad also gets overly hyped about the upcoming Baltimore Pen Show.
The Pen Addict 296: Drop the Pagoda on Us

1:21:10 | Feb 21st, 2018

Brad is back from the Los Angeles Pen Show with tales of what he did - and didn’t - buy. Myke has his eyes on a Sweet Love, and they also discuss a few other new products to drop this week.
The Pen Addict 295: Why is it Not Called Pen Pals?

1:16:23 | Feb 14th, 2018

Toronto here we come! We are bringing The Pen Addict show on the road again this year that’s to your support. We also discuss two of our favorite brands in Field Notes and Retro 51, plus Myke gets mail!
The Pen Addict 294: Not the Most Funded Anything

1:24:31 | Feb 7th, 2018

All the Kickstarters that are fit to print! Including ours of course. The 2018 Pen Addict Podcast Kickstarter has launched, met its goal, and is well on its way to hitting the stretch goal. Tune in to hear all of the details!
The Pen Addict 293: Cut With a Hammer and Chisel

1:07:13 | Jan 31st, 2018

What is your Dream Pen? Wancher thinks they know with the release of their latest Kickstarter pen. We also discuss new goods from Retro 51, Baron Fig, Bellroy, and Karas Kustoms.
The Pen Addict 292: Don't Learn Safety By Accident

1:11:41 | Jan 24th, 2018

Brad and Myke are joined by our third co-host, the amazing Ana Reinert. We follow-up our office supply draft with Ana’s picks, take a dive into the brush pen world, and get ready for the Los Angeles Pen Show.
The Pen Addict 291: At Some Point a Pen Has to Get Involved

1:16:05 | Jan 17th, 2018

Office supply draft! Brad and Myke draft the important office supplies everyone needs at their jobby-job. They also discuss orange pens, handwriting fonts, and wild Retro 51 secondary prices.
The Pen Addict 290: Saskatchewan Has Always Been In My Heart

56:30 | Jan 10th, 2018

Pen Addict Kickstarter plans are well underway for 2018. We discuss a few of those details, the immediately sold out Retro 51 Mars, and Brad’s first Hobo fail of 2018.
The Pen Addict 289: The Cousin is the Big Brother

1:13:31 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Brad and Myke ring in the new year in the stationery world with talk of resolutions, buying restrictions, planning, and journaling. 2018 is going to be the best year ever!
The Pen Addict 288: It's Called Chaos

1:22:29 | Dec 20th, 2017

It was a chaotic episode in more ways than one this week, as Brad and Myke planted various flags in the ground for products old and new. And the Chaos pen makes a triumphant podcast return!
The Pen Addict 287: Internal Sparkle

54:57 | Dec 14th, 2017

Myke is back from Podcon, and Brad is swimming in an ocean of swirls. We also talk about backpacks, smelly copper, and all of your #asktpa.
The Pen Addict 284: Weird and Wonderful Stuff - Holiday Gift Guide 2017

1:00:52 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Ana reinert joins Brad and Myke for their annual gift guide episode. This time, we take listeners questions to help with all of your gift giving needs.
The Pen Addict 283: A Significant Business in Clever Pen Cases

1:03:49 | Nov 15th, 2017

There’s a new podcast in town, a new pen to buy, and a new Field Notes edition. We hit all of those things plus take a deep dive on product inspiration vs. knock-off.
The Pen Addict 282: 100% Humidity Paper

53:57 | Nov 8th, 2017

Brad reviews his new Moleskine notebook, and it doesn’t go well. We also discuss Unicorn Snot, $750 Sharpies, and spend some of Myke’s money on purple pens.
The Pen Addict 281: Supercaligraphicexpialidocious

1:05:18 | Nov 1st, 2017

Brad and Myke tackle tons of new products, including the latest from Tactile Turn, Hippo Noto, Penwell, and more. And don’t forget to check out our amazing listener artwork!
The Pen Addict 280: I Want Jim To Tell Me Bedtime Stories

59:59 | Oct 25th, 2017

Brad and Myke have returned to their respective homes after a great trip to Chicago. They recap the Field Notes event, talk about Brad’s trip journaling practices, and tease the upcoming Pen Addict Retro 51. There's also a ton of new product discussi...Show More
The Pen Addict 279: Live at Field Notes HQ

1:07:25 | Oct 18th, 2017

Brad and Myke visit Field Notes HQ in Chicago and chat live with Jim Coudal and Bryan Bedell.
The Pen Addict 278: I Failed You, Myke

1:11:47 | Oct 11th, 2017

It’s been a big shopping month at The Pen Addict household, with Brad receiving his latest purchases from Franklin-Christoph, Woodshed, and Schon DSGN. He talks about those, plus pencil love, Lamy’s Black Amber problems, and our upcoming live event.
The Pen Addict 277: A Low Chance of Succeeding

1:08:46 | Oct 4th, 2017

Myke regales us with the tale of his visit to the London Pen Show, where he almost wasn’t allowed to enter. We also discuss Japanese stationery partnerships, take personality quizzes, and mention more animals in this episode than ever before.
The Pen Addict 276: I Bought Seven Nakayas

1:01:07 | Sep 27th, 2017

It’s Top 5 Pens update time! We discuss Brad’s annual update to the most popular page on his site. What new products made the cut? What old ones got dumped? Listen in to find out.
The Pen Addict 275: Field Notes X

1:00:59 | Sep 20th, 2017

The new Field Notes is out, and Brad and Myke play the guessing game of what each other think about the Fall 2017 edition. Spoiler alert: Duh.
The Pen Addict 274: Treasures of the Earth

1:02:49 | Sep 14th, 2017

Analog tools are the true treasures of the earth, but the digital world is making inroads. We talk about new crossover products from Moleskine and Wacom, plus a new collaboration in the pen world that has Brad very excited.
The Pen Addict 273: Myke Hurley Appreciation Day

1:00:49 | Sep 6th, 2017

Myke is back from his world tour and we catch up on all the goings on in the pen, pencil, and Kickstarter world.
The Pen Addict 272: Waiting for an Intervention

58:08 | Aug 30th, 2017

Brad is back from the San Francisco Pen Show, and brought along Joey Feldman to recap one of the best pen shows of the year.
The Pen Addict 271: Anti-Myke

1:07:21 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Brad is so ready to go to the San Francisco Pen Show he can’t stand it. Myke tries to reign him in, but it’s not possible.
The Pen Addict 270: I Am A Lefty Over-Hooker

1:12:13 | Aug 15th, 2017

Brad and Myke tackle a backlog of great topics, including unpopular fountain pen opinions and where the Made in the USA tag ranks in our buying decision.
The Pen Addict 269: We Sold Everything

49:14 | Aug 9th, 2017

Another D.C. Pen Show is in the books, and we lived to tell the tale. After a rocky start, things came around as hoped. It was a success nearly all the way around.
The Pen Addict 268: Hot Breaking Footage

1:01:20 | Aug 4th, 2017

Brad and Myke record live from a hotel room at the 2017 DC Pen Supershow.
The Pen Addict 266: Sometimes Funny, Most of the Time Nonsense

57:03 | Jul 19th, 2017

Do you love the Paper Mate Ballpoint pen? Well, now there are two of you! We have fun with a Wired article Brad was part of, talk about left-handed Field Notes, and fawn over the new Kanilea Pen Co. release.
The Pen Addict 265: I Know It All And I Can't Tell You

56:24 | Jul 12th, 2017

Brad has all the secrets this week and he can’t share. Not even with Myke!
The Pen Addict 264: Redacted

1:02:20 | Jul 5th, 2017

We tackle a grab bag of topics in this week’s episode, including the new Write Pads Chesapeake Edition, the Namisu Ixion, Pelikan Hubs, and the weird things that stationary lovers do.
The Pen Addict 263: Optimus Prime in My Pocket

1:10:19 | Jun 28th, 2017

What is your expectation of a flex nib? We discuss that, plus the new Edison Pearlette, Uni-ball Signo Needle, Field Notes Campfire edition, and the Panobook from Studio Neat.
The Pen Addict 262: Why Do I Have a Hulk Fist?

1:07:25 | Jun 21st, 2017

It was a big pencil week at the Pen Addict household, with new Blackwing, Baron Fig, and CW Pencils loot landing in the mailbox. We also discuss Brad’s appearance in a Japanese stationery magazine, new flex nibs, and what our friends at Lamy are up t...Show More
The Pen Addict 261: Prolonged Writing Comfort

1:03:13 | Jun 14th, 2017

Brad and Myke are back from their travels and in front of the mic once again to discuss all things stationery. We recap the Raleigh Pen Show and discuss Brad’s recent Kickstarter activity, plus the sadness of the new Star Wars Lamy pens.
The Pen Addict 260: The Awakening

1:07:45 | Jun 7th, 2017

Has it really been five years since we updated our Top 5 lists on the podcast? We review our lists from 2012 and give them a 2017 update.
The Pen Addict 259: Another Thing in a Long Line of Things

53:54 | May 31st, 2017

This is a show of things, and we discuss all of them this week. There are new products, upcoming pen shows, and, our favorite, pen companies doing weird things.
The Pen Addict 258: Kind of Not Interesting

57:51 | May 24th, 2017

What makes stationery so interesting to all of us? Do you care about ink properties of the gel ink pen you are using? We do, and we talk about it. And gosh darn, people like it!
The Pen Addict 257: I'm Not Gonna Do Homework

1:13:31 | May 17th, 2017

Brad and Myke finally get to talk to each other this week! We do a proper follow-up of the Chicago Pen Show, talk new products from Baron Fig and Field Notes, and of course pay our respects to the amazing Susan Wirth.
The Pen Addict 256: Excellent Question

1:15:23 | May 10th, 2017

Brad and Myke are joined this week by Joey Cofone of Baron Fig to discuss, well, EVERYTHING!
The Pen Addict 255: Flipped My Toupee

1:11:43 | May 3rd, 2017

The Bullet Journal has taken on a life of its own over the past year and we had its creator, Ryder Carroll, on to discuss how his life has changed since we last spoke to him.
The Pen Addict 254: I Nearly Passed out, and You Started Crying

59:39 | Apr 26th, 2017

Brad and Myke are back to their normal podcasting setup after another amazing Atlanta Pen Show. The voices are creaky, but the stories are awesome. Thank you all for a wonderful weekend!
The Pen Addict 253: Live from the Atlanta Pen Show 2017

1:00:32 | Apr 23rd, 2017

Brad, Myke, and Ana are live in front of a studio audience at the 2017 Atlanta Pen Show. The crew are joined by Vito Grippi from Story Supply Co and Jonathon Brooks from Carolina Pen Company to talk shop and tell them why they're so awesome.
The Pen Addict 252: We All Know the Pencil Is Superior to the Pen

1:27:21 | Apr 13th, 2017

Brad and Myke are joined this week by Caroline Weaver of CW Pencil Enterprise to talk about - what else - pencils! We cover her background and early love for pencils, opening the online and brick and mortar shop, and writing her recently released boo...Show More
The Pen Addict 251: That's Not a Colour

1:01:33 | Apr 5th, 2017

Brad and Myke dig into new product news, featuring a Tomoe River notebook Kickstarter, and a Bluetooth attached pen. And what would new product talk be without Baron Fig! Brad also gives a big Nock Co. product pipeline update.
The Pen Addict 250: The Cool Kids Room

1:24:30 | Mar 29th, 2017

Brad and Myke are joined by guest emeritus Ana Reinert to commiserate over 250 episodes worth of podcasts. We also talk about Ana’s latest project and what to expect at the upcoming Atlanta Pen Show.
The Pen Addict 249: An Astronomical Wallet Event

1:09:19 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Brad is back from the Arkansas Pen Show with tales to tell. It was a different experience, and perfect in all the right way. Plus, he bought stuff.
The Pen Addict 248: We're Extraordinarily Particular

1:18:38 | Mar 15th, 2017

Brad and Myke are joined this week by Matt Armstrong of The Pen Habit. In a long overdue conversation we discuss Matt’s start with fountain pens, producing wonderful video content, and some of his favorite pens and inks.
The Pen Addict 247: My Optima Is in the Shoptima

1:08:36 | Mar 8th, 2017

Brad’s interview with Aurora was posted this week and we discuss the details, as well as the million dollar pen floating around the hotel where the interview took place. We also cover a new machined pen, pencil box subscriptions, and reader mail.
The Pen Addict 246: Bursting at the Seams

1:16:36 | Mar 1st, 2017

The Field Notes Utility edition is in hand, and the internet has things to say. Brad reviews his copies, and also discusses vintage Kaweco pens, Lamy weirdness, and Staedtler Styli.
The Pen Addict 245: The Entire Thing is Orange

1:04:30 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Brad is back from the Los Angeles Pen Show with wonderful tales and an epic haul. The Field Notes Utility Edition dropped during the live recording as well, so you can hear our first reactions. Plus, the coloring book to end all coloring books.
The Pen Addict 244: Club Safari

1:14:01 | Feb 15th, 2017

You can pry our Safari’s from our cold dead hands! Brad and Myke double down on their love for one of Lamy’s flagship pens. But did you notice one in their bag dumps? Interesting...
The Pen Addict 243: I Don't Really Know How I Found You

1:05:27 | Feb 8th, 2017

Can you believe it has been five years of a podcast about pens? Neither can Brad and Myke because it took a listener to remind them right before the show. That’s ok, because they covered all of the high points any five year anniversary show should!
The Pen Addict 242: The Hype Man

1:21:37 | Feb 1st, 2017

Our Kickstarter project launched and funded since last episode, so we go in to the show and announce our stretch goal! It has a little something to do with our favorite pocket notebook, so you will want to listen in and hear all of the details.
The Pen Addict 241: Art Makes People Mad

1:17:30 | Jan 25th, 2017

We like it when companies give us topics to talk about, and boy are we covered today! The Baron Fig Askew takes center stage, and Brad and Myke are on different sides of the ledger. Who loves it? Who hates it? Tune in to find out!
The Pen Addict 240: A Mythical Colorful Bird

1:29:27 | Jan 18th, 2017

Brad and Myke are joined by Tiff Arment to discuss the awesomeness that was the Philly Pen Show. How was the vibe? What did she buy? We also get into her recent purchases, including her first Nakaya.
The Pen Addict 239: Previously Inksploded

1:08:47 | Jan 11th, 2017

We have a real grab bag of topics for you today, including new Akkerman Ink, Fantasy Vanishing Points, and Primary Manipulation.
The Pen Addict 238: P Goes to 80%

1:08:52 | Jan 4th, 2017

Brad and Myke drop some maths and science knowledge on you this week, courtesy of our listeners. Confessions also continue, as Myke feels vindicated on his life choices.
The Pen Addict 237: Oh Myke! Noooo!

54:22 | Dec 28th, 2016

Do you have a stationery confession to make? You are among friends. Brad and Myke share their deepest darkest secrets.
The Pen Addict 236: More Stuff Inside Your Stuff

58:46 | Dec 21st, 2016

Brad stepped into the beehive with his talk about a product by This Is Ground called the Mod 3. He explains what is up with this case, and he and Myke discuss Myke’s latest pen acquisition. Plus - Field Notes in Christmas cards!
The Pen Addict 235: Baby-Faced Assassin

1:29:26 | Dec 14th, 2016

Brad is joined by Mike Dudek of Clicky Post and Dudek Modern Goods fame. They discuss recent and past Kickstarter pens, vintage Rotring and Pilot collecting, and staying sane while running their respective businesses.
The Pen Addict 234: Temperamental Little Beast

1:18:41 | Dec 7th, 2016

Brad and Myke are joined this week by MIke Matteson from Inkdependence. It is a wide-ranging discussion, from ink reviews and favorite colors, to ethics in pen reviews.
The Pen Addict 233: Andrifolio Candrinople

1:13:52 | Nov 30th, 2016

Who knew that the shower pen topic would have so much feedback? Our listeners apparently, which is why they are awesome. We also review the Field Notes Black Ice edition, and talk about the grey market in the pen world.
The Pen Addict 232: That's Standard Desk

1:17:03 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Myke is back from his house shenanigans and is just in time to talk new Field Notes! Black Ice is interesting, as is the Steel & Flint pen, new Montblanc Ink, and shower pens!
The Pen Addict 231: Myke Didn't Make It - Holiday Gift Guide 2016

1:01:54 | Nov 16th, 2016

Ana Reinert joins Brad this week for our annual gift guide episode. We cover it all, even Myke’s write-in votes, as we get you set for the holiday season.
The Pen Addict 230: The Cover Is Marbled

1:01:35 | Nov 10th, 2016

What makes a composition book a composition book? Brad has opinions. We also discuss new pens, moving notebooks, the death of handwriting, and stationery subscriptions in this action packed episode.
The Pen Addict 229: The Most Nervous Pen Repair of All Time

1:01:31 | Nov 2nd, 2016

Brian and Lisa Anderson of Anderson Pens join us this week to talk about EVERYTHING! How they got their start, their first foray into selling pens online, travelling to pen shows, opening a brick and mortar store, and what is next for their empire.
The Pen Addict 228: Hashtag Snail Mail

52:45 | Oct 26th, 2016

Big mail episode this week, all of the snail mail variety. We get through about half of your #asktpa letters, with more to come in future episodes. Thank you all for writing!
The Pen Addict 227: Myke Was Indeed Right

1:06:40 | Oct 19th, 2016

We must admit, Myke is right a lot, but he has never been more excited to be as right as he was this week.
The Pen Addict 226: The Girl with the Glitter Pens

46:30 | Oct 12th, 2016

Brad and Myke are joined this week by Pen Friend Michelle Leung to talk about pens - what else! Michelle schools us on how amazing Toronto is for stationery lovers, and how she acquired her grail pen.
The Pen Addict 225: Field Notes Kremlinology

1:03:52 | Oct 5th, 2016

Myke is back from the London Writing Equipment Palooza and has stories to share - and videos too! We also get into the Lunacy that is the latest Field Notes release.
The Pen Addict 224: My Ink Smells

1:11:12 | Sep 28th, 2016

UGH! Pen Pineapple Apple Pen! We bring you all of today’s hits on this episode, including a Lanier update, how and where to sell a pen, more death of handwriting talk, and catch up on the latest #asktpa.
The Pen Addict 223: You Need Top-Zip

1:33:54 | Sep 21st, 2016

Nock Co. launched a big Kickstarter for a big bag and Brad and Myke are here to discuss all of the details.
The Pen Addict 222: Keep the Dream Alive

53:07 | Sep 13th, 2016

Brad is joined by special guest Cary Yeager this week to discuss all things Fountain Pen Day. Cary shares how it all got started, the crazy growth over the past few years, and what is next.
The Pen Addict 221: Thank You?

57:10 | Sep 7th, 2016

Brad almost got buried in an avalanche of stationery during a shelf reorg this weekend, but he escaped to tell the tale. One of our anti-handwriting nemesis (nemeses?) didn’t get off so easily.
The Pen Addict 220: Not That I'm Rugged

57:01 | Aug 31st, 2016

Brad is back from the San Francisco Pen Show with his tales of wonder. It was a fantastic trip, and of course Brad bought stuff. We also talk about packing pens, paper, and ink as Myke gets ready for his big move.
The Pen Addict 219: My Box of Goodies

1:00:48 | Aug 24th, 2016

Myke went to the US and returned home with a box of goodies bigger than any pen show he’s ever been to. We talk about his haul, Brad’s new pen, and the upcoming San Francisco Pen Show.
The Pen Addict 218: None of My Pens Have Suitable Ink

59:24 | Aug 17th, 2016

It is #asktpa time here on the podcast as we catch up on all of the questions from the past several weeks. Myke also takes the Platinum Plaisir for a test drive and Brad looks at the latest notebooks from Story Supply.
The Pen Addict 217: Complete Systems Failure

59:13 | Aug 10th, 2016

Brad is back from DC and shares all the tales of wonder from the biggest pen show on the planet. He also bought stuff.
The Pen Addict 216: FIVE?!?!

1:15:09 | Aug 3rd, 2016

We got a little Cronzy this week on the podcast, and just just because our good friend Ana Reinert joins us once again. We talk about the resurrection of Omas, too many Field Notes, and the upcoming Washington DC Pen Show.
The Pen Addict 215: Maximum Peak Weirdness

1:07:56 | Jul 27th, 2016

We hit it this week gang - maximum peak weirdness! Pen shooting, pencils, and bamboo are just the appetizers of the main course of this episode.
The Pen Addict 214: The Garish Quota

1:09:49 | Jul 20th, 2016

Brad and Myke hit on everything this week, from pencils and sharpeners, multi-cartridge fountain pens, and how Fuyu-gaki is the worst orange. They also have the definitive answer for the Trump pen.
The Pen Addict 213: The Myke Hurley Signature Pen

1:04:27 | Jul 13th, 2016

Ballpoint, gel, and rollerball pens make up the majority of the pens in use so Brad and Myke revisit some of the best of each style. We also get corrected on our pronunciation, and talk about coffee shops in a cabin in the woods.
The Pen Addict 212: Captain Orange Beard

47:51 | Jul 6th, 2016

It was a big week for pen news, including two new releases from Lamy, a big one from Montblanc, and a tease as usual from TWSBI. Brad and Myke also share their current writing setups.
The Pen Addict 211: Running Out Of Coal

1:11:36 | Jun 29th, 2016

Ed Jelley joins Brad and Myke this week to discuss blogging and burnout. It’s a wide ranging conversation and well worth your listen. We also follow up on the Field Notes Byline edition and the new J. Herbin 1670 ink.
The Pen Addict 210: Tiny Tiny Pocket Tornado

1:08:54 | Jun 22nd, 2016

Myke is back from WWDC and he got gifts! We talk about the goods that were delivered, and especially the Nakaya he got to test out. We also dig into the new Field Notes Byline edition, and we now have an Akkerman soundboard!
The Pen Addict 209: There's Not Enough Pink Pens

55:29 | Jun 15th, 2016

Brad and Myke go behind the scenes in this episode and talk about about stress and burnout as it relates to blogging, podcasting, and keeping a good work/life balance.
The Pen Addict 208: The Queen’s Filofax

51:38 | Jun 8th, 2016

The British Invasion continues this week on The Pen Addict as Brad and Myke are joined by Adam Blaine from The Desk of Adam. We discuss his award-winning blog, amazing photography, and how many Nerds one can stuff into your mouth.
The Pen Addict 207: The Right Person Was Me

1:13:30 | Jun 1st, 2016

Brad and Myke go through a long list of new products, including the Tom Bihn Field Journal Notebook, Baron Fig Vanguard, and the latest from Schon DSGN. We also discuss desert island pens, paper, and inks, and answer a boatload of user questions.
The Pen Addict 206: Put Myself On That Google Map

53:48 | May 25th, 2016

Brad and Myke are joined this week by Tessa Sowry from All Things Stationery to discuss her start in blogging, her stationery world tour, and why the UK stationery scene is awesome.
The Pen Addict 205: Recreational Grade Titanium

55:47 | May 18th, 2016

Writing should be simple, but that’s not what Brad experienced when a digital pen gets involved. We break down the N2 Neo Smartpen, plus discuss new Retro 51’s, the Tactile Turn Gist, and Pretty Much Everything.
The Pen Addict 204: Notebooks Filled with Garbage

1:16:15 | May 11th, 2016

Brad and Myke are joined by Tiffany Arment this week to discuss her recent deep dive into all things fountain pen. Zero to Nakaya in less than 12 parsecs!
The Pen Addict 203: #mykewastechnicallyright

51:46 | May 4th, 2016

Brad is back from the Chicago Pen Show and Myke picks his brain about the event and how great of time it was. There was also a trip to Field Notes HQ that Brad and Ana took, making Myke forever jealous.
The Pen Addict 202: We Ship On Time

52:40 | Apr 27th, 2016

Who knew Hugh Jackman could pull off an amazing Montblanc ad? He nailed it, and Myke and Brad nailed the rest of the episode as well. Myke helps name a new pen, Brad gets digital, and they both talk about coloring animals.
The Pen Addict 201: Sky at Night

50:07 | Apr 20th, 2016

Brad and Myke made it back home safe and sound from the Atlanta Pen Show and talk about the weekend that was. They also follow up on the Moleskine Smart Writing Set origins and the pinkest of pink fountain pens.
The Pen Addict 200: Episode 200, Live from the Atlanta Pen Show 2016

1:11:22 | Apr 17th, 2016

This week's episode comes to you live from the Atlanta Pen Show. Hear Brad, Myke, and Anna talk about their experiences of the show, in front of a fantastic audience.
The Pen Addict 199: It's Almost Like You're a Professional

1:14:31 | Apr 6th, 2016

ALMOST THERE!!! Brad and Myke are thisclose to being in Atlanta for the 2016 Atlanta Pen Show. That happens next week, but this week we are loaded for bear with news, notes, and follow up. Is Brad about to buy his first Montblanc?
The Pen Addict 198: Plen Replair Place

51:05 | Mar 30th, 2016

Brad and Myke discuss several new products this week, including the Kaweco Mini Converter, Baron Fig Squire, and the rebirth of the Tom Bihn Field Journal. The Show Notes Mega Doc is also alive, and is is awaiting your contribution!
The Pen Addict 197: Secret Society of Enablers

1:28:10 | Mar 22nd, 2016

Myke and Brad are joined by Ana Reinert of The Well-Appointed Desk to get ready for the 2016 Atlanta Pen Show! We also get through a huge list of follow up and have fun with our #AskAna segment.
The Pen Addict 196: You Replace Your Carpet

55:29 | Mar 16th, 2016

It’s fun to take a look back at how this crazy thing called a pen podcast started, and Brad and Myke do just that by re-listening to and reminiscing over Episode 1.
The Pen Addict 195: I'm Flexible

1:08:12 | Mar 9th, 2016

The Scribble Pen has risen from the dead for what - the 10th time now? We give that product the amount of time it deserves. We also dig into Brad’s newest pens from Namisu and Edison, and entry level vintage fountain pens and why you should love them...Show More
The Pen Addict 194: Forged by Pure Evil

1:05:34 | Feb 24th, 2016

It’s a laundry list of topics on the podcast today, with more talk about the pen community and the upcoming Pen Addict LIve episode in Atlanta. We also talk about several new pen purchases, tips on using your notebooks, and SKULLS!!!
The Pen Addict 193: Captain Happy Pants

1:04:56 | Feb 17th, 2016

Brad is back from the Los Angeles Pen Show and has many tales to tell. We also discuss the recent Freakonomics handwriting episode, and Myke falls in love with a new pen.
The Pen Addict 192: Chicken Scratch and Batman Doodles

56:52 | Feb 10th, 2016

Brad and Myke are joined this week by Dan Bishop from Karas Kustoms. They discuss the changes going on with the Render K lineup and what else is new in the Karas pipeline. The LA Pen Show is also on tap this weekend and Dan and Brad go over the detai...Show More
The Pen Addict 191: Tahitian Black Lip Oyster

1:19:34 | Feb 5th, 2016

With Myke out sick Brad has taken over hosting duties and is joined by Azizah Asgarali from Gourmet Pens. We talk about Azizah’s start in blogging, crazy flex pens, and some of the challenges she has faced putting herself out there.
The Pen Addict 190: The Pilly Phen Show

1:18:29 | Jan 27th, 2016

Brad and Myke are one on one this week, catching up on all the pen things. We discuss $100,000 pens, strange podcasts, the Philly Pen show, Brad’s updated Top 5 Pens list, and Myke’s current dilemma.
The Pen Addict 189: OG Colorer

59:18 | Jan 20th, 2016

Brad and Myke are joined this week by Slate Culture Critic and stationery lover June Thomas. They ask June about why stationery plays such a big role in her life and then she takes them on a stationery tour of New York City.
The Pen Addict 188: We Just Effin Love Art Supplies

56:21 | Jan 13th, 2016

Brad and Myke are joined by Lee Rubenstein from ArtSnacks to discuss the story behind the company, what goes into each monthly box, and what the future holds. We also talk about how in the heck Lee became Tumblr user #7!
The Pen Addict 187: Members Only Fishing Vests

1:01:12 | Jan 6th, 2016

Brad continues his month long run of big announcements with the launch of Pen Addict Memberships. Myke grills him on that news, plus the latest in Star Wars pens, nitro powered pencil sharpeners, and a New Year’s Eve story you don’t want to miss.
The Pen Addict 186: Happy Penmas Everyone!

1:04:39 | Dec 23rd, 2015

Brad’s first week of funemployment has come and gone. Did he survive? Myke gives him some tips to get organized. They also discuss Lamy and Pelikan special editions set for 2016, and close out the show with a wonderful Christmas story.
The Pen Addict 185: Don't Make Me Cry Again

1:18:09 | Dec 14th, 2015

New Lamy limited editions and a new model from TWSBI were the talk of the internet this week, but that’s not all the boys are discussing. Announcements were made, and tears were shed — by at least one of the hosts anyway.
The Pen Addict 184: An Assortment of Weird Pencils

1:16:32 | Dec 7th, 2015

Can Myke be turned into a full-fledged wooden pencil addict? A trip to CW Pencils will do that to just about anyone.. We talk about his trip to NYC, interesting Field Notes, Apple Pencil hacks, and Myke’s one-time love for Moleskine.
The Pen Addict 183: OMG Star Wars

1:09:36 | Nov 30th, 2015

Are Brad and Myke Snowblinded by the latest Field Notes COLORS Edition? The boys talk about that plus the Apollo Pen Kickstarter failure and wrap it up with discussion on Myke’s epic Apple Pencil review.
The Pen Addict 182: Spend Even More Than Usual - Holiday Gift Guide 2015

1:01:15 | Nov 23rd, 2015

Brad and Myke are joined by Ana Reinert from The Well-Appointed Desk for our annual gift guide. From beginners to addicts, we break down every stationery combo for all of your gift giving needs.
The Pen Addict 181: Scribble Part XXXVIII

1:07:12 | Nov 16th, 2015

Brad and Myke catch up on all the things this week, including some very special Field Notes from one of our listeners, analog and digital Apple Pencils, our old friend the Scribble Pen, and Brad discusses two of the latest fountain pens to cross his ...Show More
The Pen Addict 180: It Does Notebook Things

1:01:21 | Nov 9th, 2015

Brad and Myke are joined by Adam Kornfield and Joey Cafone, better known as the team behind Baron Fig. We discuss how they got their start making notebooks, the transition into digital apps, and their latest venture, a pen, appropriately named The Sq...Show More
The Pen Addict 179: Super Traditional Camo Pattern

1:15:39 | Nov 3rd, 2015

Brad is back from 'American Field' and Myke picks his brain on what it was like for Nock Co. to be there. They also discuss new Nock Co. goods, and a trifecta of paper awesomeness with Midori, Field Notes, and Hobonichi.
The Pen Addict 178: Big Dan Episode

1:11:13 | Oct 26th, 2015

The boys are joined by Dan Bishop from Karas Kustoms this week to discuss their latest release, The EDK. Dan also talks about the design process and discusses everything else in the Karas pipeline.
The Pen Addict 177: The Pen Type Brad

1:02:40 | Oct 19th, 2015

Can Bic save handwriting? That is what they are trying to do with their latest campaign “Fight for your write.” We discuss that, the origins of Bic, interesting Field Notes, and Brad professes his love for a certain pen.
The Pen Addict 176: Swip and Swap

1:11:56 | Oct 13th, 2015

Brad has broken the budget with all of his new pen and paper purchases. They discuss what damage he has done and get into some sweet new Kickstarter launches for the Gist and Pen Type-B.
The Pen Addict 175: Kremlinology

1:01:33 | Oct 5th, 2015

Brad and Myke put on their super secret spy gear and dig into the good and bad of the latest Kickstarter projects. Apple pens are also in, and Brad breaks out his rant face for the first time in months.
The Pen Addict 174: Safety Glasses are Critical

45:34 | Sep 28th, 2015

Brad and Myke are joined by Chris Manning of Silver Hand Studios on this week's episode. We discuss the process of making the beautiful silver overlay pens that Chris produces and find out the challenges along the way.
The Pen Addict 173: Just Colo(u)ring

1:07:29 | Sep 21st, 2015

We talk about the beautiful Field Notes printed for the XOXO festival, the new Shenandoah Colors release, plus at least three other current notebook brands we are digging. We wrap it up with a talk on adult coloring, and want to hear your feedback!
The Pen Addict 172: Writing on a Banana Skin

52:33 | Sep 14th, 2015

If you could create your own dream pen work area, what would it look like? Brad and Myke discuss their ideal space, plus talk about EDC pens vs. normal pens, sketchnotes, an amazing physics teacher, and how the Nock Co. sausage is made.
The Pen Addict 171: They Make Me Cross

54:37 | Sep 7th, 2015

Was it your fault the Hobonichi website crashed on release day? Probably so. Brad takes some of the blame as well. We also discuss epic Field Notes nerdery, Star Wars fountain pens, travelling, and our ink tier lists.
The Pen Addict 170: Mykeanical Pencils

51:54 | Aug 31st, 2015

Can you pronounce Murasaki-shikibu? How about Tsukushi? Do you like bunny rabbits and glitter inks? Do you think ballpoint pens killed cursive handwriting? This is The Pen Addict Podcast, and this is what we discuss.
The Pen Addict 169: Kissy Face Bear

57:15 | Aug 24th, 2015

Brad and Myke are back to a 'normal' episode this week, whatever that means. We follow up on the Montblanc M discussion from last week, chat about the latest Line x Lamy offering, and Brad gives his initial impressions of the TWSBI Eco.
The Pen Addict 168: Big Green Hulk Hands

1:12:30 | Aug 17th, 2015

The Brad has landed! Straight from the airport to the microphone, Brad and Myke discuss the huge event that was the DC Pen Show. It was an adventure of epic proportions with lots of stories and much loot to share.
The Pen Addict 167: Fishing Vests are Super Important

1:10:36 | Aug 10th, 2015

Myke has been shopping like a maniac this week and we get to hear all about the new good. Brad is about to do some shopping of his own at the upcoming DC Pen Show and talks about what to expect.
The Pen Addict 166: Too Many Brians

1:23:14 | Aug 3rd, 2015

Brad and Myke are joined by Dr. Jonathon Deans from Fountain Pen Economics to discuss what makes the pen world go ‘round. From what brands are innovating in the marketplace and how they are doing it to the love/hate relationship with TWSBI, we cover ...Show More
The Pen Addict 165: What Kind of Show Are You Running Here?

1:11:42 | Jul 27th, 2015

Brad forgot to do the show prep whilst planning for vacation but Myke and the listeners saved the day! There is lots of follow up, Nock updates, bag dumps, and ink commentary Brad is sure to get email on.
The Pen Addict 164: Special Place in my Heart

1:05:30 | Jul 20th, 2015

Brad and Myke discuss what makes a Tier 1 pen in this weeks episode. Is it performance, style, the story behind the pen, or all of the above? They also catch up on #asktpa, and discuss the upcoming DC pen show.
The Pen Addict 163: I'm Just Wasting Ink Here

1:03:10 | Jul 13th, 2015

Healthy disagreement could have been the title of this weeks episode as Brad and Myke agree to disagree on a topic or two. Common ground was found though, especially when it comes to mechanical pencils.
The Pen Addict 162: Watching Ink Dry

59:42 | Jul 6th, 2015

Brad and Myke are joined by Ed Jelley to discuss one thing, and one thing only: J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor. This ink has us all captivated, and they went straight to the man who got the first bottle in the US.
The Pen Addict 161: No Micarta For You

1:05:57 | Jun 29th, 2015

The boys are joined by a real gentleman this week, Mr. Joe Crace from Gentleman Stationer. They discuss Joe’s start in blogging, pen show travels, and buying with intention.
The Pen Addict 160: Let's Keep Being Addicts

1:00:56 | Jun 22nd, 2015

Brad and Myke add some clarification to the Moleskine discussion, talk about new Pilot Vanishing Point gear, the new sparkly J. Herbin ink, and Brad matches each Field Notes Colors edition with a perfect pen or pencil.
The Pen Addict 159: A Woodpecker Ate My Pencil

1:06:02 | Jun 15th, 2015

Myke is back from WWDC and Brad dropped in a big upcoming travel announcement as well. The boys also dig into the new Blackwing release, Moleskine marketing, Sailor's proficiency at limited editions, and a plethora of #asktpa questions.
The Pen Addict 158: The Topic of Stuff

57:44 | Jun 8th, 2015

Do you really need all of this stuff? Brad and Myke discuss the epic week in Brad's mailbox, and Brad determines that he has a problem. This show is called The Pen Addict, right?
The Pen Addict 157: #asktpa

53:56 | Jun 1st, 2015

Have you ever thought about purchasing a custom fountain pen before? Brad and Myke walk you through the ins and outs and talk about the experiences that have had. They also introduce the official Pen Addict follow up hashtag.
The Pen Addict 156: Point Your Pen At The Yellow Banana

52:50 | May 28th, 2015

As the title indicates, we have a resurrection of an old topic: The Scribble Pen! And you don't want to miss that conversation. We also discuss NPR on paper, the New York Times Magazine article Brad was a part of, and picking a hashtag for the podcas...Show More
The Pen Addict 155: Sealed and Labeled for Archiving

54:30 | May 21st, 2015

Princesses! That's all you need to know about this episode. Oh, there is pen talk and nib talk and Kickstarter giveaways, too. But, Princesses!
The Pen Addict 154: Extra Extra Extra Extra Extra Fine

1:06:05 | May 11th, 2015

I'm not sure a description will do this episode any justice due to the wide range of topics we discussed. There were as many pen questions asked as answered, Kickstarters both good and bad, a personal Top 5 pen update, and even a Tom Cruise mention.
The Pen Addict 153: Nuclear Fallout Green

54:55 | May 4th, 2015

Mechanical pencil follow up? We have it! Who knew that would be such a hot topic. Brad and Myke also talk about several new inks that have crossed their desks recently, and resurrect the Pen Blog of the Week segment.
The Pen Addict 152: A Hot Mess of a Pencil

1:00:23 | Apr 27th, 2015

We take a break from your regularly scheduled pen talk to bring you all of the mechanical pencil info you will ever need! Brad talks about his likes, dislikes, and some pencils that just don't cut it at all.
The Pen Addict 151: Wabi-Sabi

1:11:14 | Apr 23rd, 2015

Brad and Myke are separated by huge bodies of water once again, but through the magic of the internet they are still able to bring you this episode of The Pen Addict Podcast. Loads of pen show follow up is in order, with a special guest pen appearanc...Show More
The Pen Addict 150: Live from the Atlanta Pen Show

1:15:19 | Apr 18th, 2015

Brad and Myke are joined by Ana for the 150th episode of The Pen Addict, live and in-person at the Atlanta Pen Show!
The Pen Addict 149: We Have a Drone

58:18 | Apr 6th, 2015

With Myke on vacation, Brad is joined by Stephen Hackett. They discuss vintage vs. modern pens and digitizing analog notes before Stephen asks Brad the ultimate question.
The Pen Addict 148: Like an Internet Radio Show

47:49 | Mar 30th, 2015

Brad, Myke, and special guest Ana Reinert talk all things Atlanta Pen Show. They are beyond excited about this event! Will you be there?
The Pen Addict 147: I Can't Get it Out of My Head

55:27 | Mar 25th, 2015

Communities are awesome, and is there any better one than the stationery community? No way! This is a subject of great discussion this week, along with some new additions and a big update to the Top 5 Pens list.
The Pen Addict 146: No Brand Quality Goods

1:04:15 | Mar 16th, 2015

The new Field Notes are here, and they are spectacular! Brad and Myke dig in to that after Muji follow up and a discussion about changes in the Top 5 Pens page. There is also a Bruckwookie sighting.
The Pen Addict 145: Pens Have Feelings

57:26 | Mar 10th, 2015

It's a potpourri of pen talk on the podcast today, featuring Muji's interesting new pens, archival paper, grail pen hunting, and getting wild in the new Pen Addict Slack room.
The Pen Addict 144: Found it!

1:05:48 | Mar 2nd, 2015

I hope you have been paying attention the last few weeks because a VERY IMPORTANT PEN has returned! Myke regales us with an amazing story, and Brad opens mail and reviews a plethora of new products.
The Pen Addict 143: Horse Head in Myke's Bed

52:08 | Feb 23rd, 2015

Brad and Myke welcome Dan Bishop from Karas Kustoms to discuss his great adventure to the Los Angeles Pen Show. As a first time show vendor it was great to get his insight on all of the goings on at one of the biggest pen shows on the planet.
The Pen Addict 142: Agents Of Orange

59:54 | Feb 16th, 2015

Brad and Myke catch you up on all the goings on over the last few weeks, including the quest for the orange Vanishing Point, which has unfortunately been solved. They discuss how Brad is wrong about Myke's favorite orange ink, lost pens, and more!
The Pen Addict 141: Shiny Happy People

55:20 | Feb 9th, 2015

Brad breaks out the feels in this Pen Addict / Analogue crossover event, as your hosts talk about the Lypen and Esterbrook and how to handle these types of public pen issues in a respectful manner. Myke talks about a pen buying rut he is in, and ther...Show More
The Pen Addict 140: All Follow Up Extravaganza

1:04:26 | Feb 2nd, 2015

After two weeks of holding on to listener follow up Brad and Myke unleash it all in this weeks episode. They give a quick Pen Addict Kickstarter update (with a special guest appearance!), and later go deep into notebook follow up.
The Pen Addict 139: This is Gonna Be a Party

47:43 | Jan 26th, 2015

So we did this Kickstarter thing that turned out ok. And we talked about it a lot. And Myke maybe got a little teary. You guys are the best. Thank you!
The Pen Addict 138: We All Want a Lightsaber

1:08:33 | Jan 19th, 2015

Brad and Myke are joined this week by Tony Sculimbrene from Everyday Commentary to discuss all things EDC. Why do we carry knives? What makes a flashlight special? What pens get the job done? And, most importantly, would you spend $1300 for a lightsa...Show More
The Pen Addict 137: Notebook Emergency

56:30 | Jan 12th, 2015

Break open a new notebook in case of emergency! That seems to be what Myke and Brad do, with each having five or more active notebooks in the rotation. Is this a problem? They also talk about falling in love with an old pen and read some amazing emai...Show More
The Pen Addict 136: Have You Seen This Pen?

1:03:54 | Jan 5th, 2015

Fun fact: Brad ignores Myke while they record. At least that's what is discovered this week as Brad so excitedly repeats something Myke had told him the week before. The guys share stationery resolutions for 2015 and tips to improve handwriting.
The Pen Addict 135: Shake it Like a Paint Pen

58:20 | Dec 29th, 2014

Christmas has come and gone but Brad and Myke keep it going by talking about all the holiday goodies their listeners received. They also follow up on last weeks Field Notes rankings, all the new orange pens on the market, and a couple of new and pola...Show More
The Pen Addict 134: It's a Gateway Edition

1:01:44 | Dec 22nd, 2014

The Top 25 Field Notes Colors Editions, ranked! Brad and Myke break them all down, from Butcher Orange to Ambition and rank them against each other. What is your favorite Field Notes Colors release?
The Pen Addict 133: A Banana Explosion

1:02:48 | Dec 15th, 2014

The bag episode is here! Brad and Myke discuss what they are carrying and why, and also discover that Brad has another serious addiction that may require outside intervention. They also discuss the new Starbuck Field Notes and catch up on some reader...Show More
The Pen Addict 132: Happy Fun Time

1:04:54 | Dec 8th, 2014

In this episode Brad and Myke keep it all 'happy fun time', at least until the end of the episode when Brad goes off the rails a bit. They discuss the idea of punting on a started Field Notes notebook, justification for owning so many pens, and pensp...Show More
The Pen Addict 131: Not The Abbreviated Version

1:29:51 | Dec 2nd, 2014

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Brian Goulet from Goulet Pens. They talk about the origins of the company, creating content for customers, the big site upgrade, and pinned down Brian on what his favorite pen and ink are.
The Pen Addict 130: Stop Spending My Money - Holiday Gift Guide 2014

1:11:16 | Nov 24th, 2014

Brad and Myke are joined by Ana Reinert from The Well-Appointed Desk in what has become an annual tradition: The 2014 Pen Addict Holiday Gift Guide. Together, they run the gamut of goods for you and all your stationery friends. Your wallets have been...Show More
The Pen Addict 129: The Ugly Sweater Pen

1:27:45 | Nov 17th, 2014

Kickstarter is all the rage with the kids these days and Brad and Myke brought the biggest kid on the block to talk about it. Dan Bishop from Karas Kustoms is here to teach all things Kickstarter. Plus new Field Notes!
The Pen Addict 128: Backer Number Three

1:01:38 | Nov 10th, 2014

Fiend Notes are here! Brad and Myke got the most amazing notebooks from one of their listeners. You have to hear the amazing detail that went into these special editions. The guys also cover new products from TWSBI, Diamine, and more.
The Pen Addict 127: My Idea Dock is Sideways

1:11:51 | Nov 3rd, 2014

Myke and Brad cover all the inky news that is fit to print in this episode, including, but not limited to, new Field Notes, Paris stationery shops, Nakayas, Sweet Setups, Pilots, and even carrot pens. Brad also thinks aloud about reworking the Top 5 ...Show More
The Pen Addict 126: Doing Water Blaugh

1:12:40 | Oct 27th, 2014

Top 5 Pens time! Brad and Myke go over the latest list and discuss what has changed and what hasn't - there was a lot of both. Plus, Myke drops a big surprise in his personal Top 5.
The Pen Addict 125: Made by a Guy Named Brian

1:05:29 | Oct 20th, 2014

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Mike Dudek. They talk about the pen brand that has overtaken the fabled Rotring in his collection and what's new on the pen holder front. They also talk about Myke's new custom pen and the arrival of the IN...Show More
The Pen Addict 124: I Do Speak Fluent German

53:37 | Oct 13th, 2014

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Bullet Journal creator Ryder Carroll. They talk to Ryder about the origination of the system, how it became a Kickstarter project, and what the future holds.
The Pen Addict 123: He'll Always Be Huckleberry to Me

58:20 | Oct 6th, 2014

In this episode of The Pen Addict Brad and Myke welcome Scott Fuller from The Studio Temporary to talk all things design. The guys also talk about a new pencil project on Kickstarter and make fun of Brad’s former life when he disliked fountain pens.
The Pen Addict 122: It Physically Hurts My Head

1:07:34 | Sep 29th, 2014

Myke and Brad discussed the huge changes at the The Pen Addict blog this week, including their great enemy the Imposter Syndrome. They also talk about secret pens, blinding Field Notes, and the best reader email ever.
The Pen Addict 121: Strange Ordering Processes

1:17:34 | Sep 22nd, 2014

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Patrick Rhone of The Cramped to discuss his website launch, and the paper products he is most passionate about. They also break down the new Field Notes Unexposed edition and catch up on their world travels...Show More
The Pen Addict 120: Behind The Nib

1:03:09 | Sep 15th, 2014

The boys get down to basics in this episode as Brad and Myke talk Fountain Pen 101. They cover fountain pen basics, from terminology to cleaning and use. If you want to give fountain pens a try this is the place to start.
The Pen Addict 119: Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy

1:09:31 | Sep 8th, 2014

In this episode, Brad and Myke are joined by the prolific J. Robert Lennon. John is a novelist, teacher, musician, podcaster, and sometime pen and paper blogger. They discuss all the analog tools that help keep him sane in his day to day life.
The Pen Addict 118: CGI Hand

56:54 | Sep 2nd, 2014

In this episode Brad tells the tale of his latest big pen purchase. It was too easy to spend too much money, but man did he get some good stuff. We also talk about the new Hobonichi 2015 lineup, and even more on the scribble pen.
The Pen Addict 117: We're a Perfect Pairing

51:56 | Aug 29th, 2014

Brad and Myke break out the live chat and a good time was had by all! Brad also discusses why we love our analog tools, Myke's newest purchase, and my good friends at Scribble Pen. We then dig into perfect pairings - what combo is your favorite?
The Pen Addict 116: Scribbled Out

1:26:05 | Aug 18th, 2014

Brad and Myke pick right back up where they left off, talking about new products, great people, and Kickstarter pens. Is the Nexus Pen legit? Why did the Scribble crash and burn? All of this, plus Brad's floaty pen!
The Pen Addict 115: The Panic Addict

57:26 | Jul 15th, 2014

In this weeks episode Brad and Myke discuss the upcoming move of The Pen Addict Podcast. We aren't going away, just pushing the reset button. Be sure to listen for all of the details. Also, Brad goes through his recent flea market finds, pen durabili...Show More
The Pen Addict 114: Butchering The Orange

51:07 | Jul 8th, 2014

It's been a great week in Pen Addict land with a host of new things to talk about. Myke and Brad dig into the Midori Travelers Notebook, the Parker Jotter, refreshing your pen and ink load out, and then Brad goes and does something crazy. He writes i...Show More
The Pen Addict 113: The Pen Whisperer

1:04:18 | Jul 1st, 2014

In this episode Brad is on vacation and still manages to show up for the podcast! We discuss magical refills, pink Bolt's, and booze. Wait, this is a pen podcast, right? We also elaborate on the Chronodex system and answer some awesome listener submi...Show More
The Pen Addict 112: Take Out The Trash

51:43 | Jun 23rd, 2014

In this episode of The Pen Addict Podcast Brad and Myke discuss a slew of new pens to cross Brad's desk. From Rotring to Kaweco to Nakaya to Edison and more - they are all covered!
The Pen Addict 111: A Podcast Divided

1:08:53 | Jun 17th, 2014

In this episode the boys are joined by Josh Ginter from The Newsprint. We discuss his start in blogging and his transition of content from the digital to analog. Field Notes are a big topic, and we get into some follow up concerning the lack of infor...Show More
The Pen Addict 110: Gauntlet Down

1:08:26 | Jun 12th, 2014

Myke is back and on the attack. Don't bring your weak products up in here and think they are going to get a pass! The boys discuss a huge amount of question marks behind The Scribble, a pen that can match any color in the world. They also discuss Sai...Show More
The Pen Addict 109: I Have Colors!

1:22:14 | Jun 4th, 2014

While Myke is away the kids will play! This week, Brad is joined by guest host extraordinaire Ana Reinert from The Well-Appointed Desk. They discuss a huge range of topics, including Cross pens, Kickstarter, specific pens for specific papers, and rev...Show More
The Pen Addict 108: The Worst Pen Review Of All Time

49:50 | May 29th, 2014

Myke and Brad are joined by Tim Fletcher this week on the podcast. Don't know who that is? Neither did we so I guess you should listen and find out. Also, the rebirth of the TWSBI ROC!
The Pen Addict 107: Getting Crunk With Myke

47:02 | May 19th, 2014

In episode 107 of the podcast, Brad and Myke go through the feedback from the bag dump episode last week, discuss the completion of the Nock Co. Kickstarter campaign, and talk about a coach who not only had a love of the game but of pens as well. The...Show More
The Pen Addict 106: Knolling

42:39 | May 13th, 2014

Bag dump time! Brad and Myke dump out the contents of their bag (one more neatly than the other mind you) and discuss what their every day carries are like. Myke is a showcase of function while Brad is a whirlwind of excess. Who needs to carry a doze...Show More
The Pen Addict 105: The Kimono Is My Roll-Stopper

1:01:37 | May 8th, 2014

In this episode Brad and Myke discuss EDC pens, a very enlightening reader email and that the Lamy Safari may not the best pen for beginners. Then the boys discuss the two new amazing fountain pens added to their respective collections over the past ...Show More
The Pen Addict 104: Hate That Dude

1:01:09 | May 1st, 2014

Myke is back from the Ull conference with tales of pen love at one of the techiest meet ups on the planet. Pen Addicts are taking over the world! Brad gives an update on Nock Co. and more graduation pen ideas before getting into the big Top 5 Pens up...Show More
The Pen Addict 103: Twitter Q&A

1:05:44 | Apr 22nd, 2014

In this episode Brad and Myke field all the Twitter questions! They cover pen recommendations, nib types and uses, and $2 pens that give us more joy than $200 ones. Thank you to all the listeners who submitted questions!
The Pen Addict 102: Shopping Brad and Business Brad

54:29 | Apr 17th, 2014

The winners are here! The winners are here! Our big Episode 100 giveaway comes to a close this episode when we name the winners of the five amazing prize packages. Were you one of the winners? Brad also recaps his experience at the 2014 Atlanta Pen S...Show More
The Pen Addict 101: Lots of Brad's Face

45:24 | Apr 8th, 2014

To say our socks were knocked off over the feedback from last week's epic Episode 100 would be an understatement. The kind words were amazing and we thank you so much. We get back down to business this week with Brad's 2014 Atlanta Pen Show shopping ...Show More
The Pen Addict 100: Episode 100

1:07:06 | Apr 2nd, 2014

This episode is for you, the listeners of The Pen Addict Podcast. We wanted to do something special so we put together the biggest giveaway ever, and designed a special commemorative t-shirt to boot. We can't wait for you to listen to Episode 100.
The Pen Addict 99: To The Tippy-Top

48:00 | Mar 25th, 2014

Oh boy. Brad is causing problems between him and Myke in this episode. Is this the end of the show as we know it?
The Pen Addict 98: Space Credits

1:04:08 | Mar 19th, 2014

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Ed Jelley to recap the Long Island Pen Show. Ed provides great insight, especially concerning a purchase he made that knocked Brad's socks off. We also discuss Myke's Nock Co. order landing across the pond ...Show More
The Pen Addict 97: I Don't Want My Pens To Touch!

55:38 | Mar 11th, 2014

In this episode Brad and Myke discuss all of the hot topics of the week including a possible new pen case design, the closing of Staples stores and a new podcast that aims to be our evil twin. We also discuss Brad's review of the JAWNS notebook and t...Show More
The Pen Addict 96: I’m Attached To Pencils

1:06:44 | Mar 5th, 2014

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Andy Welfle from Woodclinched.com to discuss pencils. No, we haven't gone off our rocker, we just want to learn! We discuss all things woodcase pencils, from materials, to lead grades, to some of Andy's cur...Show More
The Pen Addict 95: Fabber Castle

47:13 | Feb 26th, 2014

In this episode Brad and Myke discuss the amazingly thorough feedback they received from Episode 94. We love how passionate our listeners are! We also talk about the perfect new pen for Myke, a few recent reviews Brad has done, and a possible new add...Show More
The Pen Addict 94: The Pen Ambassador

49:23 | Feb 19th, 2014

In this episode Brad and Myke discuss the feedback they got from the EDC episode (#92) as well as further discussion on cold weather pens and inks. They also discuss new TWSBI products and the LA Pen Show before Brad questions what is really going on...Show More
The Pen Addict 93: Never Say Never

1:05:41 | Feb 12th, 2014

In this episode Brad and Myke open up the floor and take questions from their followers on Twitter. The questions run the gamut from fountain pen nib modifications, to gel ink pens, to signing birth certificates. Yes, we went there. Brad also gives a...Show More
The Pen Addict 92: Awinkening

51:30 | Feb 7th, 2014

In this episode Brad and Myke dig into all things Every Day Carry. EDC means different things to different people so we try to bridge that gap and discuss all types of quality EDC pens and pencils. We also talk about a couple of new products to hit t...Show More
The Pen Addict 91: Are They Even Pen Addicts?

50:36 | Jan 29th, 2014

In this episode Brad and Myke share some wonderful reader mail; including Japanese translation tips and a podcast suggestion Brad took to heart. Myke also brings his ‘perfect pen’ quest to a conclusion - a purchase has been made! Brad also opened his...Show More
The Pen Addict 90: The Perfect Pen For Now

52:01 | Jan 21st, 2014

In this episode Brad and Myke dive deeper into finding the perfect pen for his friend. The list is getting narrowed down and getting larger at the same time. Is that even possible? We also discuss a Visionnaire convert, ink and Ink, and a slew of new...Show More
The Pen Addict 89: I'm The Best At The Worst

59:30 | Jan 15th, 2014

In this episode Brad and Myke talk about incredible customer service from TWSBI, plus a new aluminium piston filler we desperately want them to introduce. We also talk about an interesting stone paper notebook, writing with your opposite hand, and ho...Show More
The Pen Addict 88: Mollycoddling

1:05:01 | Jan 8th, 2014

In this episode Brad and Myke discuss their stationery resolutions and wish lists for 2014. Many challenges lie ahead in the new year as well as many budget-breaking purchases. Brad has already marked one off the list and the year just began!
The Pen Addict 87: Putting A Pen Out To Pasture

42:54 | Dec 31st, 2013

In this episode we cover a wide range of topics including a new Pen Addict Podcast Drinking Game, Myke's latest purchase and Brad's new favorite fountain pen for beginners. We also discuss how the Field Notes Cold Horizon edition handles fountain pen...Show More
The Pen Addict 86: We Have Bingo!

57:13 | Dec 23rd, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Mike Dudek from The Clicky Post. Mike fills us in on his rOtring obsession (spending our money in the process) and talks about his awesome woodworking skills. We also discuss the game taking the podcasting ...Show More
The Pen Addict 85: Getting Ink With Dan Bishop

1:03:56 | Dec 17th, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Dan Bishop from Karas Kustoms to discuss his latest project, simply called Ink. Dan fills us in on how the design came to be and the choices made for the Kickstarter launch. Myke also joins Team Pelikan and...Show More
The Pen Addict 84: Pen Blogging With Ed Jelley

1:11:07 | Dec 10th, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Ed Jelley to discuss all things pen blogging. How to get started, how to gain and keep an audience, how to work with vendors and much more. We also touch a bit on fountain pen ink maintenance and a new, sup...Show More
The Pen Addict 83: Something, Something Field Notes

56:42 | Dec 5th, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke run the gamut from Field Notes cut sheets to wish list dissection to Myke's highly anticipated review of the Visionnaire. And Myke cries.
The Pen Addict 82: Challenge Accepted

41:52 | Nov 26th, 2013

In this episode Myke and Brad have loads of FU, including an update on the Polar Pen Kickstarter project and the new Field Notes Winter 2013 edition. We also chat a bit about Myke’s flatmate Sir Jony Ive and his (RED) Lamy 2000 and a couple of new pe...Show More
The Pen Addict 81: You Stole My Wish List Item! - Gift Guide 2013

1:13:43 | Nov 19th, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by the wonderful Ana Reinert from The Well-Appointed Desk. The three of us discuss all of our gift ideas for the upcoming holidays and also let the listeners know what is on our personal wish lists.
The Pen Addict 80: It's A Scandal

57:54 | Nov 12th, 2013

On this episode, Brad and Myke revisit an old topic they hoped they would never need to again: The Visionnaire. Things are getting ugly in Visionnaire land, and no real answers are to be found. On a more positive note, we talk about brick and mortar ...Show More
The Pen Addict 79: Golden

51:12 | Nov 5th, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke touch on every topic under the sun; new Field Notes standard and special editions, Kickstarter pens, leather notebook cases, and the funding of Nock Co. Brad also does a quick run through of fountain pen 101 tips that ha...Show More
The Pen Addict 78: Roll Your Sleeves Up Dowdy

46:07 | Oct 29th, 2013

In this episode Myke handles interview duties as Brad Dowdy and Jeffrey Bruckwicki join the show to discuss all things Nock Co. The Kickstarter project is coming to an end and the guys are ready to get down to production. They also talk about the nut...Show More
The Pen Addict 77: I'm A Lost Cause

1:01:33 | Oct 24th, 2013

In this episode Brad races back from the airport to chat with Myke about the many goings on in the pen world. Kickstarter projects continue to stay in the news, new pen resources are available, and Brad has completed a long awaited review. Bonus: Tw...Show More
The Pen Addict 76: It Has Two Nibs

56:19 | Oct 15th, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke follow up on a pen purchase that Brad has been wanting to make for months and finally did. Brad also talks about the big update to his Top 5 Pens list, including two separate fountain pen lists and the much requested fou...Show More
The Pen Addict 75: Nerdiness In Its Purest Form

50:39 | Oct 8th, 2013

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 ...Show More
The Pen Addict 74: Why Can't You Do This

1:02:12 | Oct 1st, 2013

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, an...Show More
The Pen Addict 73: Polar Beer

58:24 | Sep 26th, 2013

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 disc...Show More
The Pen Addict 72: It’s A Shame You Picked The Wrong Pen

1:01:46 | Sep 17th, 2013

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 ...Show More
The Pen Addict 71: Sharpening Rainbows

1:06:03 | Sep 14th, 2013

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 discontinue...Show More
The Pen Addict 70: Bullet Journal Time

1:00:46 | Sep 3rd, 2013

In this episode, Brad and Myke are joined by Ryder Carroll from BulletJournal.com. 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...Show More
The Pen Addict 69: Give ‘em Hell Bryan Bedell!

53:37 | Aug 27th, 2013

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 ge...Show More
The Pen Addict 68: It Is Tuesday And We Are Listening

50:12 | Aug 20th, 2013

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 ...Show More
The Pen Addict 67: I’m A Fashion Maven

46:34 | Aug 13th, 2013

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 di...Show More
The Pen Addict 66: Epically Trolled

45:36 | Aug 6th, 2013

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...Show More
The Pen Addict 65: CSI Pen-Town

1:09:00 | Jul 30th, 2013

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 h...Show More
The Pen Addict 64: Johnny Anypen

1:08:37 | Jul 23rd, 2013

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.
The Pen Addict 63: Electric Shock Treatment

42:52 | Jul 16th, 2013

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 impro...Show More
The Pen Addict 62: Lefty Apologist

1:04:13 | Jul 8th, 2013

In this episode, Myke and Brad are joined by the always wonderful Ana Reinert from The Well-Appointed Desk. We discuss the challenges left-handed writers have with pens and inks and make recommendations for products that can help.
The Pen Addict 61: Welcome To Dan Land

1:05:17 | Jul 2nd, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Dan Bishop from Karas Kustoms to discuss their latest Kickstarter project, the RETRAKT. Dan gets into the origination of the pen, the challenges of the design, and other pen ideas that are rolling around in...Show More
The Pen Addict 60: You Are One Of Us

50:27 | Jun 25th, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by 5by5 founder Dan Benjamin in a rousing discussion about pens and paper, pronunciation, and grilled cheese.
The Pen Addict 59: I’ve Never Been So Excited About A Black Staple

59:24 | Jun 18th, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke react to the latest Field Notes release and discuss Myke's latest addition to his collection. Brad also discusses reactions to his Pilot Metropolitan review and dips his toes into fountain pen ink basics.
The Pen Addict 58: Dont Tell The Other Listeners

42:21 | Jun 11th, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke heap praise on our listenership - you guys are why we do this! Brad also discusses recent updates to his Top 5 Pens list and wraps up part two of the nib sizing conversation.
The Pen Addict 57: There’s A Rectangular Hole

49:07 | Jun 4th, 2013

In this episode the guys discuss Brad's new fascination with Tomoe River Paper and Myke's new TWSBI stub. Myke also talks about some new art supplies he received and they wrap it up with part one of a discussion about nib sizes.
The Pen Addict 56: Them’s Fightin’ Words

50:18 | May 28th, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke discuss refill options for Myke's Render K, the arrival of the Retro 51 Vintage Surf, and some interesting new inks headed Brad's way. The guys also talk about fountain pen performance on Field Notes and Doane Paper, plu...Show More
The Pen Addict 55: I'm Officially Jealous

52:36 | May 21st, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke tackle a wide range of topics including a new limited Retro 51 pen, Brad's new fountain pen purchases, pending pencil addiction, and a fantastic new pen holder that one of our listeners sent us. Only after all of that di...Show More
The Pen Addict 54: The Chair Of The Desk

50:42 | May 14th, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Ana Reinert from the blog The Well-Appointed Desk. Our topics range from pen blogging to good paper for fountain pen use to why Post-It Notes suck so bad.
The Pen Addict 53: AMA

1:13:41 | May 7th, 2013

"Ask Me Anything!" In this episode Brad and Myke field questions from listeners covering a wide range of topics. Pens and paper lead the discussion but we also touch on apps, music, and every day life. It was a fun episode.
The Pen Addict 52: It's A Gateway Pen So Be Careful

1:01:09 | Apr 30th, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke follow-up on the challenges of having too many fountain pen inks, Myke's new Doane Leather Pen Holster, and a rash of new TWSBI products. Brad also discusses ten pens under $10 that you cannot buy at an office supply ret...Show More
The Pen Addict 51: The Things That People Love The Most Are Wrong

42:35 | Apr 23rd, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke discuss the most desirable aspects of the Parker Vacumatic, and as Brad recently found out, ambering of the barrel is not it. Brad also discusses testing fountain pen inks in the latest Field Notes edition, and the boys ...Show More
The Pen Addict 50: Investigative Pen Journalism

1:07:28 | Apr 16th, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke discuss Brad's recent trip to the Atlanta Pen Show. It was a highly successful and educational adventure, resulting in many new additions to Brad's pen arsenal.
The Pen Addict 49: A Sailor Is At The Top Of My Wish List

1:02:32 | Apr 9th, 2013

In this episode Myke and Brad discuss two recent purchases that may be heading to number one on their respective favorite pen lists. Myke also discusses a nice surprise from his recent JetPens order, and Brad goes over his shopping list for the upcom...Show More
The Pen Addict 48: Ooh, You Said A Bad Word

48:16 | Apr 2nd, 2013

In this episode Myke and Brad run the gamut of topics, including a follow-up on the Retro 51 Snapper, the new Field Notes Colors Edition, and a big update to Brad's Top 5 Pens list.
The Pen Addict 47: Dan Bishop from Karas Kustoms

43:46 | Mar 26th, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Dan Bishop from Karas Kustoms. Dan is the designer and manufacturer behind successful Kickstarter pen projects such as the Render K and The BOLT. We have a great conversation on how the pens came to be and ...Show More
The Pen Addict 46: The Trifecta

36:32 | Mar 19th, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke discuss the trifecta of products spoken about more than any other on the podcast. This will naturally include—insane Field Notes pricing, Vanishing Point modifications, and a new Retro 51 product.
The Pen Addict 45: Turning Japanese

55:24 | Mar 11th, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke discuss the weird and awesome world of Japanese pens. What Japanese pens should be brought to the US market? What Japanese pens are different from their US counterparts? And Japanese pen marketing? It is the best!
The Pen Addict 44: Pentervention

48:08 | Mar 7th, 2013

In this episode we discover that Myke has a problem, as if we didn't know this already. He goes through some of his travails hunting down Field Notes for his collection, and Brad discusses both his and Myke's new Field Notes pages on their respective...Show More
The Pen Addict 43: Adding To Cart Now

54:58 | Feb 26th, 2013

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by esteemed guest Patrick Rhone from Minimal Mac. Patrick jumps in our quick drying ink conversation, discusses why paper is always "On", and school the fellas on vintage fountain pens.
The Pen Addict 42: Short Attention Span Theatre

1:06:23 | Feb 19th, 2013

In this episode Myke and Brad play catch-up after a lost week. Both of the boys have loads of new products in hand, including rare Field Notes editions, Myke's first TWSBI, and an old school Namiki Vanishing Point.
The Pen Addict 41: I Liken It To Unicorn Poop

39:46 | Feb 6th, 2013

In this episode Brad talks about his latest fountain pen purchase, and most importantly, the nib he went out of his comfort zone to buy. The guys also dig into some reader mail, and Brad talks about the roadblocks in getting his ink review series sta...Show More
The Pen Addict 40: It Was Very Troubling To Me

37:45 | Jan 29th, 2013

In this episode Brad recaps the video series "An Obsessive's Guide to Field Notes" and the boys also discuss their findings on how to best clean a fountain pen.
The Pen Addict 39: We Are The Normal Ones

46:38 | Jan 24th, 2013

In this episode Myke discusses an interesting pen he has carried for years that we refer to as the "MacGuyver of Pens" and I elaborate on my first successful Field Notes trade. This leads into our main discussion of our pen addiction and how the thin...Show More
The Pen Addict 38: Playing The Role Of My Mother

52:35 | Jan 15th, 2013

In this episode Brad follows up on a recent PSA on The Pen Addict blog and then the boys dig into why they carry the pens they do every day and how they manage the herd.
The Pen Addict 37: Off The Deep End

50:12 | Jan 8th, 2013

In this episode Myke and I follow up on a few topics from recent episodes and then dive into the world of weird and interesting pens. The land of Amazon.com product reviews is a strange, strange place.
The Pen Addict 36: Would You Like To Try A Sample?

38:56 | Jan 3rd, 2013

In this episode Myke and Brad discuss their stationery resolutions for the new year. Things are going to get inky in 2013!
The Pen Addict 35: Scratched Off The List

48:28 | Dec 27th, 2012

In this episode a special package from Brad has arrived on Myke's doorstep and he shares the contents with us all. Also, Myke discusses his trial run with the Parker 5th Ingenuity and Brad delves into the US release of the Pilot Acroball before losin...Show More