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The Pen Addict

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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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55:19 | Aug 29th

Brad and Myke are joined this week by Ana Reinert of the Well-Appointed Desk to recap the 2019 San Francisco Pen Show.

1:04:52 | Aug 7th

With the Relay FM 5th Anniversary and the San Francisco Pen Show right around the corner, Brad and Myke get hyped up for the next few weeks. Brad also goes on a discovery mission within the Closet of Doom, and there was a bear sighting.

55:36 | Jul 24th

We get feedback, but not on the level we received recently around Brad’s planner discussion. You really like your planners! We sort out the feedback, and Brad comes to a conclusion. Maybe.

1:06:40 | Jul 17th

Field Notes, Studio Neat, and Sailor pens - can we get any more on brand than this? Brad and Myke dig into all of the newness, plus Brad digs into the writing kit that joined him on his recent travels.

58:11 | Jul 3rd

It’s Horror Story time! This much-teased episode is here, as we bring you tales of stationary woe from our listeners. Do any make the Horror Story Hall of Fame?

1:26:03 | Jun 19th

Brad is joined by Mike Matteson of Inkdependence to discuss everything in the stationery world. Literally everything. Plus, bags and backpacks!

1:13:29 | Jun 12th

Brad and Myke talk about making things! We do that from time to time, especially as it relates to stationary stuff. Brad also recaps another excellent Triangle Pen Show, and they take a first look at the Platinum 3776 Rokka.

1:03:38 | Jun 5th

Dan is back, and you have questions for him! In part two of our chat with Dan Smith from The Nibsmith, we get into the nitty gritty of what nib grinds are all about, and why you would want one. Plus, we answer all of the questions you sent in for Dan...Show More

45:38 | May 29th

Brad and Myke are joined by Dan Smith, aka The Nibsmith, to discuss his origins in the pen community, and the adventure he has been on with his business over the past few years.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

57:59 | Jan 16th

I wasn’t sure it was possible, but they found a way. Who you ask? Tune in to find out!

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

1:09:58 | Nov 28th, 2018

The long-overdue #ASKTPA and Pen Addict Horror Stories episode. You don’t want to miss this one.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

55:26 | Jul 11th, 2018

All of your #ASKTPA questions, answered in one episode!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

1:01:25 | Mar 21st, 2018

300 episodes of a podcast about pens. Who would have thought it?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

1:07:25 | Oct 18th, 2017

Brad and Myke visit Field Notes HQ in Chicago and chat live with Jim Coudal and Bryan Bedell.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

1:01:20 | Aug 4th, 2017

Brad and Myke record live from a hotel room at the 2017 DC Pen Supershow.

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.

56:24 | Jul 12th, 2017

Brad has all the secrets this week and he can’t share. Not even with Myke!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

1:15:23 | May 10th, 2017

Brad and Myke are joined this week by Joey Cofone of Baron Fig to discuss, well, EVERYTHING!

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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!

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.

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.

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

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!!!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.