The Pen Addict

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.
266: Sometimes Funny, Most of the Time Nonsense
Jul 19 • 57 min
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.
265: I Know It All And I Can’t Tell You
Jul 12 • 56 min
Brad has all the secrets this week and he can’t share. Not even with Myke!
264: Redacted
Jul 5 • 62 min
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.
263: Optimus Prime in My Pocket
Jun 28 • 70 min
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.
262: Why Do I Have a Hulk Fist?
Jun 21 • 67 min
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 to.
261: Prolonged Writing Comfort
Jun 14 • 63 min
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.
260: The Awakening
Jun 7 • 67 min
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.
259: Another Thing in a Long Line of Things
May 31 • 53 min
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.
258: Kind of Not Interesting
May 24 • 57 min
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!
257: I’m Not Gonna Do Homework
May 17 • 73 min
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.
256: Excellent Question
May 10 • 75 min
Brad and Myke are joined this week by Joey Cofone of Baron Fig to discuss, well, EVERYTHING!
255: Flipped My Toupee
May 3 • 71 min
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.
254: I Nearly Passed out, and You Started Crying
Apr 26 • 59 min
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!
253: Live from the Atlanta Pen Show 2017
Apr 22 • 60 min
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.
252: We All Know the Pencil Is Superior to the Pen
Apr 13 • 87 min
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 book.
251: That’s Not a Colour
Apr 5 • 61 min
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.
250: The Cool Kids Room
Mar 29 • 84 min
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.
249: An Astronomical Wallet Event
Mar 22 • 69 min
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.
248: We’re Extraordinarily Particular
Mar 15 • 78 min
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.
247: My Optima Is in the Shoptima
Mar 8 • 68 min
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.
246: Bursting at the Seams
Mar 1 • 76 min
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.
245: The Entire Thing is Orange
Feb 22 • 64 min
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.
244: Club Safari
Feb 15 • 74 min
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…
243: I Don’t Really Know How I Found You
Feb 8 • 65 min
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!
242: The Hype Man
Feb 1 • 81 min
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.
241: Art Makes People Mad
Jan 25 • 77 min
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!
240: A Mythical Colorful Bird
Jan 18 • 89 min
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.
239: Previously Inksploded
Jan 11 • 68 min
We have a real grab bag of topics for you today, including new Akkerman Ink, Fantasy Vanishing Points, and Primary Manipulation.
238: P Goes to 80%
Jan 4 • 68 min
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.
237: Oh Myke! Noooo!
Dec 28, 2016 • 54 min
Do you have a stationery confession to make? You are among friends. Brad and Myke share their deepest darkest secrets.
236: More Stuff Inside Your Stuff
Dec 21, 2016 • 58 min
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!
235: Baby-Faced Assassin
Dec 14, 2016 • 89 min
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.
234: Temperamental Little Beast
Dec 7, 2016 • 78 min
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.
233: Andrifolio Candrinople
Nov 30, 2016 • 73 min
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.
232: That’s Standard Desk
Nov 23, 2016 • 77 min
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!
231: Myke Didn’t Make It - Holiday Gift Guide 2016
Nov 16, 2016 • 61 min
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.
230: The Cover Is Marbled
Nov 10, 2016 • 61 min
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.
229: The Most Nervous Pen Repair of All Time
Nov 2, 2016 • 61 min
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.
228: Hashtag Snail Mail
Oct 26, 2016 • 52 min
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!
227: Myke Was Indeed Right
Oct 19, 2016 • 66 min
We must admit, Myke is right a lot, but he has never been more excited to be as right as he was this week.
226: The Girl with the Glitter Pens
Oct 12, 2016 • 46 min
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.
225: Field Notes Kremlinology
Oct 5, 2016 • 63 min
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.
224: My Ink Smells
Sep 28, 2016 • 71 min
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.
223: You Need Top-Zip
Sep 21, 2016 • 93 min
Nock Co. launched a big Kickstarter for a big bag and Brad and Myke are here to discuss all of the details.
222: Keep the Dream Alive
Sep 13, 2016 • 53 min
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.
221: Thank You?
Sep 7, 2016 • 57 min
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.
220: Not That I’m Rugged
Aug 31, 2016 • 57 min
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.
219: My Box of Goodies
Aug 24, 2016 • 60 min
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.
218: None of My Pens Have Suitable Ink
Aug 17, 2016 • 59 min
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.
217: Complete Systems Failure
Aug 10, 2016 • 59 min
Brad is back from DC and shares all the tales of wonder from the biggest pen show on the planet. He also bought stuff.
216: FIVE?!?!
Aug 3, 2016 • 75 min
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.
215: Maximum Peak Weirdness
Jul 27, 2016 • 67 min
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.
214: The Garish Quota
Jul 20, 2016 • 69 min
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.
213: The Myke Hurley Signature Pen
Jul 13, 2016 • 64 min
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.
212: Captain Orange Beard
Jul 6, 2016 • 47 min
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.
211: Running Out Of Coal
Jun 29, 2016 • 71 min
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.
210: Tiny Tiny Pocket Tornado
Jun 22, 2016 • 68 min
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!
209: There’s Not Enough Pink Pens
Jun 15, 2016 • 55 min
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.
208: The Queen’s Filofax
Jun 8, 2016 • 51 min
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.
207: The Right Person Was Me
Jun 1, 2016 • 73 min
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.
206: Put Myself On That Google Map
May 25, 2016 • 53 min
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.
205: Recreational Grade Titanium
May 18, 2016 • 55 min
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.
204: Notebooks Filled with Garbage
May 11, 2016 • 76 min
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!
203: #mykewastechnicallyright
May 4, 2016 • 51 min
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.
202: We Ship On Time
Apr 27, 2016 • 52 min
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.
201: Sky at Night
Apr 20, 2016 • 50 min
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.
200: Episode 200, Live from the Atlanta Pen Show 2016
Apr 16, 2016 • 71 min
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.
199: It’s Almost Like You’re a Professional
Apr 6, 2016 • 74 min
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?
198: Plen Replair Place
Mar 30, 2016 • 51 min
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!
197: Secret Society of Enablers
Mar 22, 2016 • 88 min
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.
196: You Replace Your Carpet
Mar 16, 2016 • 55 min
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.
195: I’m Flexible
Mar 9, 2016 • 68 min
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.
194: Forged by Pure Evil
Feb 24, 2016 • 65 min
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!!!
193: Captain Happy Pants
Feb 17, 2016 • 64 min
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.
192: Chicken Scratch and Batman Doodles
Feb 10, 2016 • 56 min
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 details.
191: Tahitian Black Lip Oyster
Feb 5, 2016 • 79 min
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.
190: The Pilly Phen Show
Jan 27, 2016 • 78 min
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.
189: OG Colorer
Jan 20, 2016 • 59 min
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.
188: We Just Effin Love Art Supplies
Jan 13, 2016 • 56 min
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!
187: Members Only Fishing Vests
Jan 6, 2016 • 61 min
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.
186: Happy Penmas Everyone!
Dec 23, 2015 • 64 min
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.
185: Don’t Make Me Cry Again
Dec 14, 2015 • 78 min
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.
184: An Assortment of Weird Pencils
Dec 7, 2015 • 76 min
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.
183: OMG Star Wars
Nov 30, 2015 • 69 min
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.
182: Spend Even More Than Usual - Holiday Gift Guide 2015
Nov 23, 2015 • 61 min
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.
181: Scribble Part XXXVIII
Nov 16, 2015 • 67 min
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 desk.
180: It Does Notebook Things
Nov 9, 2015 • 61 min
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 Squire.
179: Super Traditional Camo Pattern
Nov 2, 2015 • 75 min
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.
178: Big Dan Episode
Oct 26, 2015 • 71 min
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.
177: The Pen Type Brad
Oct 19, 2015 • 62 min
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.
176: Swip and Swap
Oct 13, 2015 • 71 min
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.
175: Kremlinology
Oct 5, 2015 • 61 min
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.
174: Safety Glasses are Critical
Sep 28, 2015 • 45 min
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.
173: Just Colo(u)ring
Sep 21, 2015 • 67 min
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!
172: Writing on a Banana Skin
Sep 14, 2015 • 52 min
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.
171: They Make Me Cross
Sep 7, 2015 • 54 min
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.
170: Mykeanical Pencils
Aug 31, 2015 • 51 min
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.
169: Kissy Face Bear
Aug 24, 2015 • 57 min
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.
168: Big Green Hulk Hands
Aug 17, 2015 • 72 min
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.
167: Fishing Vests are Super Important
Aug 10, 2015 • 70 min
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.
166: Too Many Brians
Aug 3, 2015 • 83 min
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 a lot
165: What Kind of Show Are You Running Here?
Jul 27, 2015 • 71 min
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.
164: Special Place in my Heart
Jul 20, 2015 • 65 min
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.
163: I’m Just Wasting Ink Here
Jul 13, 2015 • 63 min
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.
162: Watching Ink Dry
Jul 6, 2015 • 59 min
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.
161: No Micarta For You
Jun 29, 2015 • 65 min
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.
160: Let’s Keep Being Addicts
Jun 22, 2015 • 60 min
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.
159: A Woodpecker Ate My Pencil
Jun 15, 2015 • 66 min
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.
158: The Topic of Stuff
Jun 8, 2015 • 57 min
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?
157: #asktpa
Jun 1, 2015 • 53 min
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.
156: Point Your Pen At The Yellow Banana
May 28, 2015 • 52 min
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 podcast.
155: Sealed and Labeled for Archiving
May 21, 2015 • 54 min
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!
154: Extra Extra Extra Extra Extra Fine
May 11, 2015 • 66 min
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.
153: Nuclear Fallout Green
May 4, 2015 • 54 min
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.
152: A Hot Mess of a Pencil
Apr 27, 2015 • 60 min
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.
151: Wabi-Sabi
Apr 23, 2015 • 71 min
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 appearance too
150: Live from the Atlanta Pen Show
Apr 18, 2015 • 75 min
Brad and Myke are joined by Ana for the 150th episode of The Pen Addict, live and in-person at the Atlanta Pen Show!
149: We Have a Drone
Apr 6, 2015 • 58 min
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.
148: Like an Internet Radio Show
Mar 30, 2015 • 47 min
Brad, Myke, and special guest Ana Reinert talk all things Atlanta Pen Show. They are beyond excited about this event! Will you be there?
147: I Can’t Get it Out of My Head
Mar 25, 2015 • 55 min
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.
146: No Brand Quality Goods
Mar 16, 2015 • 64 min
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.
145: Pens Have Feelings
Mar 10, 2015 • 57 min
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.
144: Found it!
Mar 2, 2015 • 65 min
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.
143: Horse Head in Myke’s Bed
Feb 23, 2015 • 52 min
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.
142: Agents Of Orange
Feb 16, 2015 • 59 min
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!
141: Shiny Happy People
Feb 9, 2015 • 55 min
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 there’s b
140: All Follow Up Extravaganza
Feb 2, 2015 • 64 min
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.
139: This is Gonna Be a Party
Jan 26, 2015 • 47 min
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!
138: We All Want a Lightsaber
Jan 19, 2015 • 68 min
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 lightsaber?
137: Notebook Emergency
Jan 12, 2015 • 56 min
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 email.
136: Have You Seen This Pen?
Jan 5, 2015 • 63 min
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.
135: Shake it Like a Paint Pen
Dec 29, 2014 • 58 min
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 polarizin
134: It’s a Gateway Edition
Dec 22, 2014 • 61 min
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?
133: A Banana Explosion
Dec 15, 2014 • 62 min
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 mail
132: Happy Fun Time
Dec 8, 2014 • 64 min
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 penspottin
131: Not The Abbreviated Version
Dec 2, 2014 • 89 min
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.
130: Stop Spending My Money - Holiday Gift Guide 2014
Nov 24, 2014 • 71 min
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 warn
129: The Ugly Sweater Pen
Nov 17, 2014 • 87 min
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!
128: Backer Number Three
Nov 10, 2014 • 61 min
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.
127: My Idea Dock is Sideways
Nov 3, 2014 • 71 min
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 Lists
126: Doing Water Blaugh
Oct 27, 2014 • 72 min
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.
125: Made by a Guy Named Brian
Oct 20, 2014 • 65 min
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 INK.
124: I Do Speak Fluent German
Oct 13, 2014 • 53 min
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.
123: He’ll Always Be Huckleberry to Me
Oct 6, 2014 • 58 min
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.
122: It Physically Hurts My Head
Sep 29, 2014 • 67 min
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.
121: Strange Ordering Processes
Sep 22, 2014 • 77 min
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.
120: Behind The Nib
Sep 15, 2014 • 63 min
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.
119: Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy
Sep 8, 2014 • 69 min
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.
118: CGI Hand
Sep 2, 2014 • 56 min
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.
117: We’re a Perfect Pairing
Aug 29, 2014 • 51 min
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?
116: Scribbled Out
Aug 18, 2014 • 86 min
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!
115: The Panic Addict
Jul 15, 2014 • 57 min
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 durability, a
114: Butchering The Orange
Jul 8, 2014 • 51 min
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 in his
113: The Pen Whisperer
Jul 1, 2014 • 64 min
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 submitted
112: Take Out The Trash
Jun 23, 2014 • 51 min
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!
111: A Podcast Divided
Jun 17, 2014 • 68 min
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 informatio
110: Gauntlet Down
Jun 12, 2014 • 68 min
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 Sailor i
109: I Have Colors!
Jun 4, 2014 • 82 min
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 revisit
108: The Worst Pen Review Of All Time
May 29, 2014 • 49 min
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!
107: Getting Crunk With Myke
May 19, 2014 • 47 min
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. They the
106: Knolling
May 13, 2014 • 42 min
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 dozen pen
105: The Kimono Is My Roll-Stopper
May 8, 2014 • 61 min
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 week.
104: Hate That Dude
May 1, 2014 • 61 min
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 update.
103: Twitter Q&A
Apr 22, 2014 • 65 min
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!
102: Shopping Brad and Business Brad
Apr 17, 2014 • 54 min
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 Show,
101: Lots of Brad’s Face
Apr 8, 2014 • 45 min
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 list.
100: Episode 100
Apr 1, 2014 • 67 min
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.
99: To The Tippy-Top
Mar 25, 2014 • 48 min
Oh boy. Brad is causing problems between him and Myke in this episode. Is this the end of the show as we know it?
98: Space Credits
Mar 18, 2014 • 64 min
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 and t
97: I Don’t Want My Pens To Touch!
Mar 11, 2014 • 55 min
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 talk a
96: I’m Attached To Pencils
Mar 4, 2014 • 66 min
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 current
95: Fabber Castle
Feb 25, 2014 • 47 min
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 addictio
94: The Pen Ambassador
Feb 18, 2014 • 49 min
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 in t
93: Never Say Never
Feb 11, 2014 • 65 min
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 Nock
92: Awinkening
Feb 6, 2014 • 51 min
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 the ma
91: Are They Even Pen Addicts?
Jan 28, 2014 • 50 min
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 wall
90: The Perfect Pen For Now
Jan 20, 2014 • 52 min
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 pen
89: I’m The Best At The Worst
Jan 14, 2014 • 59 min
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 how to
88: Mollycoddling
Jan 7, 2014 • 65 min
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!
87: Putting A Pen Out To Pasture
Dec 30, 2013 • 42 min
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 inks
86: We Have Bingo!
Dec 23, 2013 • 57 min
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 world
85: Getting Ink With Dan Bishop
Dec 17, 2013 • 63 min
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 talk
84: Pen Blogging With Ed Jelley
Dec 10, 2013 • 71 min
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, super-li
83: Something, Something Field Notes
Dec 5, 2013 • 56 min
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.
82: Challenge Accepted
Nov 26, 2013 • 41 min
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 pen pro
81: You Stole My Wish List Item! - Gift Guide 2013
Nov 19, 2013 • 73 min
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.
80: It’s A Scandal
Nov 12, 2013 • 57 min
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 pen s
79: Golden
Nov 5, 2013 • 51 min
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 have be
78: Roll Your Sleeves Up Dowdy
Oct 29, 2013 • 46 min
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 nuts and
77: I’m A Lost Cause
Oct 24, 2013 • 61 min
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: Tweets
76: It Has Two Nibs
Oct 15, 2013 • 56 min
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 fountain
75: Nerdiness In Its Purest Form
Oct 8, 2013 • 50 min
In this episode Brad and Myke share their new fountain pen experiences from the weekend. Brad attended his first pen collectors club meeting, and Myke attended his first pen show. It was a fantastic learning experience, although Myke went broke much faste
74: Why Can’t You Do This
Oct 1, 2013 • 62 min
In this episode Brad and Myke each issue corrections from the previous episode, before getting into the story of the day: The launch of the Nock Co. Kickstarter. They discuss all the nuts and bolts of designing, pricing, and launching the project, and all
73: Polar Beer
Sep 26, 2013 • 58 min
In this episode we discuss Myke’s recent trip to Portland for the XOXO Fest and all of the Field Notes goodness that came along with it. Speaking of Field Notes, the Fall 2013 edition is out and in Brad’s hands during this episode. The boys also discuss a
72: It’s A Shame You Picked The Wrong Pen
Sep 17, 2013 • 61 min
In this episode the boys are back together and discussing two pen reviews a long time coming: The Lamy 2000 and the Cult Pens Kaweco Mini Fountain Pen. Brad also talks about his role in a recent Wirecutter article on the best pen, and Myke goes gaga over
71: Sharpening Rainbows
Sep 14, 2013 • 66 min
In this episode Brad is joined by Ana Reinert from The Well-Appointed Desk to discuss all things stationery. Topics include this rise in popularity of pencils, recent crowd-funded notebook projects, what to do when a product you love gets discontinued, an
70: Bullet Journal Time
Sep 3, 2013 • 60 min
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 of f
69: Give ‘em Hell Bryan Bedell!
Aug 27, 2013 • 53 min
In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Field Notes jack-of-all-trades Bryan Bedell. Bryan talks about the creative process behind their limited COLORS editions, the design choices they make around paper and cover styles, and the challenges of getting
68: It Is Tuesday And We Are Listening
Aug 20, 2013 • 50 min
In this episode Brad and Myke regale you with wonderful words of poetry from our listeners. Once we are centered and in our happy place, we discuss the big price jumps in the secondary Field Notes market, pen conversation on other 5by5 podcasts, and unvei
67: I’m A Fashion Maven
Aug 13, 2013 • 46 min
In this episode Brad and Myke cover loads of follow-up topics, including a Field Notes AMA, why Brad chose the specific five fountain pens in his load out, and a cool new collaboration from Cult Pens and Kaweco. We also go back in the archives and discuss
66: Epically Trolled
Aug 6, 2013 • 45 min
In this episode Myke and Brad give the latest update on the Visionnaire Kickstarter project, which is aiming to become the most funded pen project ever. Brad also discusses his favorite Field Notes editions and gets into the difficulties he is having arou
65: CSI Pen-Town
Jul 30, 2013 • 69 min
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 his bl
64: Johnny Anypen
Jul 23, 2013 • 68 min
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.
63: Electric Shock Treatment
Jul 16, 2013 • 42 min
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 improve th
62: Lefty Apologist
Jul 8, 2013 • 64 min
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.
61: Welcome To Dan Land
Jul 2, 2013 • 65 min
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 his
60: You Are One Of Us
Jun 25, 2013 • 50 min
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.
59: I’ve Never Been So Excited About A Black Staple
Jun 18, 2013 • 59 min
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.
58: Dont Tell The Other Listeners
Jun 11, 2013 • 42 min
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.
57: There’s A Rectangular Hole
Jun 4, 2013 • 49 min
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.
56: Them’s Fightin’ Words
May 28, 2013 • 50 min
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, plus an
55: I’m Officially Jealous
May 21, 2013 • 52 min
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 did Myk
54: The Chair Of The Desk
May 14, 2013 • 50 min
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.
53: AMA
May 7, 2013 • 73 min
“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.
52: It’s A Gateway Pen So Be Careful
Apr 30, 2013 • 61 min
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 retailer
51: The Things That People Love The Most Are Wrong
Apr 23, 2013 • 42 min
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 get i
50: Investigative Pen Journalism
Apr 16, 2013 • 67 min
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.
49: A Sailor Is At The Top Of My Wish List
Apr 9, 2013 • 62 min
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 upcoming A
48: Ooh, You Said A Bad Word
Apr 2, 2013 • 48 min
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.
47: Dan Bishop from Karas Kustoms
Mar 26, 2013 • 43 min
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 what
46: The Trifecta
Mar 19, 2013 • 36 min
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.
45: Turning Japanese
Mar 11, 2013 • 55 min
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!
44: Pentervention
Mar 7, 2013 • 48 min
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 webs
43: Adding To Cart Now
Feb 26, 2013 • 54 min
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.
42: Short Attention Span Theatre
Feb 19, 2013 • 66 min
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.
41: I Liken It To Unicorn Poop
Feb 6, 2013 • 39 min
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 started.
40: It Was Very Troubling To Me
Jan 29, 2013 • 37 min
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.
39: We Are The Normal Ones
Jan 24, 2013 • 46 min
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 things we
38: Playing The Role Of My Mother
Jan 15, 2013 • 52 min
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.
37: Off The Deep End
Jan 8, 2013 • 50 min
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.
36: Would You Like To Try A Sample?
Jan 3, 2013 • 38 min
In this episode Myke and Brad discuss their stationery resolutions for the new year. Things are going to get inky in 2013!
35: Scratched Off The List
Dec 27, 2012 • 48 min
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 losing his
34: I Like European Broads
Dec 18, 2012 • 54 min
In this episode Myke and Brad discuss the recent Field Notes “Expedition” release as well as some of our top Wish List items. Who knew Brad would become such a fountain pen addict?
33: Field Notes Fascination
Dec 11, 2012 • 27 min
In this episode Brad discusses all things Field Notes, including the fascination with collecting every limited release that Draplin, Coudal, and Co. come up with.
32: Truly Disappointed
Dec 4, 2012 • 33 min
In this episode Myke and Brad discuss some of their most disappointing pen and paper purchases.
31: Holiday Gift Guide
Nov 27, 2012 • 36 min
In this episode of The Pen Addict Podcast Brad and Myke discuss some of their top picks for the holidays. Be it pens, pencils, paper, or accessories the boys have got you covered.
30: Inks On A Plane
Nov 20, 2012 • 34 min
In this episode of the Pen Addict Podcast Brad and Myke take opposing sides on a recent pen purchase, and Brad discusses the minimal writing kit he took on his recent travels.
29: We Were On A Break!!!
Nov 13, 2012 • 45 min
The boys get the band back together in this episode of The Pen Addict Podcast. Myke and Brad discuss the short hiatus of the podcast and also discuss what they have been using of late and what new products have caught their eye. It’s great to be back!
28: Nothing Rhymes With Orange
Aug 23, 2012 • 38 min
In this episode Brad discusses his recent decision to change things up on The Pen Addict blog. Sometimes taking a step back is the best way to move forward. The guys also discuss a new version of one of the most popular Hi-Tec-C Kickstarter pens.
27: I Need To Take A Shower
Aug 16, 2012 • 33 min
In this episode Brad gives his first impressions of his new Lamy 2000 and Myke discusses his huge pen and paper haul from his vacation. Myke also drops a bombshell by anointing a new favorite pen.
26: It’s Got Little Curves To It
Aug 9, 2012 • 33 min
In this episode, Brad is joined by special gust host Stephen Hackett of 512Pixels.net. The gents discuss Stephen’s transition from barely being able to fill a page in his notebook to filling 10 of them in the span of a year. Stephen also talks about some
25: The Pen Is Mightier Than The Club
Aug 2, 2012 • 42 min
In this episode Brad and Myke discuss the lost art of handwriting and offer tips on how to improve yours. Brad also shares a few lesser known Pen Addict facts, and the boys talk about their current pen ordering withdrawals.
24: Storage Wars
Jul 24, 2012 • 34 min
In this episode Brad and Myke talk about pen storage, more specifically, how Brad keeps all of his wares organized at home. The gents also follow up on Brad’s Lihit Lab Teffa pen case trial run, and talk about the stabbiness of the Pilot Vanishing Point E
23: That’s How An Addict Thinks
Jul 19, 2012 • 42 min
In this episode, Brad talks about a recent purchase and why he might have been happier waiting a couple of weeks to buy it. The guys also talk about the concept and pitfalls surrounding “gift pens, and also answer some listener mail.
22: It’s The Hole Up There
Jul 12, 2012 • 42 min
In this episode Myke puts Brad on the spot right out of the gate about his love for a certain paper product. Brad also gets his hands on a prototype of a popular Kickstarter pen and breaks it down for the listeners.
21: The Pens That Shall Not be Named
Jul 5, 2012 • 39 min
In this episode Brad and Myke talk about what pens are on their wish list and other pens need to be created. The guys are also challenged not to mention a couple of their favorite pens on this episode and Brad, for one, fails miserably.
20: Myke’s Top 5 Pens
Jun 21, 2012 • 35 min
In this episode, Myke shares his current Top 5 pens and why they work so well for him. We also discuss some listeners Top 5’s and Myke also shows off his ninja-like Google skills.
19: Brad’s Top 5 Pens
Jun 21, 2012 • 38 min
In this episode, Brad discusses his recent Top 5 Pens blog post. Number one is no surprise, but the overall list is quite a departure and a changing of the guard for The Pen Addict.
18: Breaking The Bank
Jun 14, 2012 • 45 min
In this episode Myke goes off the deep end with his latest purchases, including not one, not two, but THREE new Retro 51 pens. Brad and Myke also follow up on a new pen case they both just bought, and Myke comes up with a great new notebook hack.
17: Sketchnoting With Mike Rohde
Jun 7, 2012 • 46 min
In this episode Brad and Myke talk with designer, illustrator, and sketchnoter Mike Rohde about how the idea of sketchnotes started and all of the great projects it has lead to. Mike also shares with us the pens and paper he uses to capture his ideas and
16: Kickstart My Heart
May 31, 2012 • 45 min
In this episode Brad talks about the popularity of the Pilot Hi-Tec-C as a platform for Kickstarter projects. The Pen Type-A started it all - can its followers match its success?
15: Casing the Joint
May 24, 2012 • 41 min
In this episode Brad talks about some of his favorite pen cases as well as a new competitor to the Pilot Hi-Tec-C. Myke gives a Vanishing Point update now that he has had some time to spend with it and professes his undying love for all things Retro 51.
14: Vanished in Customs
May 17, 2012 • 37 min
In this episode Myke finally gets his Pilot Vanishing Point through customs and to his house and Brad talks about a pen he loves on the complete opposite end of the pricing spectrum.
13: The Back to Work Kit
May 10, 2012 • 43 min
In this episode Myke talks about his new Pilot Vanishing Point. Oh wait, he doesn’t BECAUSE IT IS STILL STUCK IN CUSTOMS! Brad and Myke also discuss the pens they take to work and how to protect them from the non-pen addicts among us.
12: Houston, We Have A Fountain Pen Problem
May 3, 2012 • 35 min
In this episode Brad talks about his latest purchases - yes, two more fountain pens. The guys also answer reader questions around interesting barrel markings and Moleskine alternatives.
11: Analog vs Digital
Apr 24, 2012 • 31 min
In this episode, Brad and Myke take a look at the digital applications that compliment their analog workflows. Can pen and paper be fully replaced by technology? Not for these pen addicts!
10: The Major Haul
Apr 18, 2012 • 38 min
In this episode Brad recaps his highly successful - if not bank breaking - trip to the Atlanta Pen Show and Myke elaborates on his newfound fascination with knockers.
9: Get The Lead Out
Apr 12, 2012 • 45 min
In this episode Brad discusses his new fascination with one of the smallest fountain pens on the market and he and Myke discuss a few favorite mechanical pencils.
8: Retro Style
Apr 5, 2012 • 31 min
In this episode Myke talks about his new favorite pen and why it has taken over the top spot in his arsenal. Brad also teases what his latest acquisition is and the guys chat about pen suppliers in the UK.
7: Not Your Grandfather’s Fountain Pen
Mar 29, 2012 • 34 min
In this episode of The Pen Addict Brad and Myke discuss some of their favorite fountain pens and why a certain portable fountain pen has rocketed to the top of their respective charts.
6: Multi-Pen, Multi-Tasking
Mar 22, 2012 • 36 min
In this episode of The Pen Addict Brad and Myke dive into the world of multi pens. What they are, how they work, and if they are right for you. Brad also picks his current favorites.
5: The Daily Carry
Mar 8, 2012 • 28 min
In this episode of The Pen Addict, Brad and Myke discuss what pens and paper they take with them when they leave the house, and why German students grow up to dislike fountain pens.
4: Paper Chase
Mar 1, 2012 • 36 min
In this episode of the The Pen Addict, Myke delves deeper into his habit with two new purchases, and Brad discusses what types of paper he enjoys the most.
3: No Joy on the Pen Aisle
Feb 23, 2012 • 32 min
In Episode 3, Brad and Myke chat about Myke’s latest addition to his pen arsenal and why Brad is bored every time he goes pen shopping at the store.
2: My Favorite Pens
Feb 16, 2012 • 37 min
In this episode of The Pen Addict, Brad and Myke discuss Brad’s current favorite pens, elaborate on some of the Glossary terms from Episode 1, and answer reader mail.
1: Glossary
Feb 9, 2012 • 33 min
On the first episode of The Pen Addict, Brad and Myke introduce who they are and give a little background in to how this show was concieved. They go on to give you some hints of what’s to expect over the coming weeks before launching in to a Glossary of t