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.

All Episodes

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

Sep 16

52 min

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

Sep 9

57 min

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

Sep 2

62 min

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

Aug 26

65 min

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

Aug 19

70 min

It’s not Halloween just yet, but that doesn’t stop us from liking cute, fun, and spooky pens when they launch! We discuss all kinds of new products in this episode, how to sell your expensive pens, and why the classic Parker 51 doesn’t need to be remade.

Aug 12

61 min

Or is it? Brad and Myke dig deep into the stationery world for answers in this episode. The real question is did they find any.

Aug 5

57 min

Mega Studio pen situation, explained! We also discussed a new series on The Pen Addict blog, wax poetic on the future of Kickstarter pens, and dig into a large batch of #ASKTPA.

Jul 29

69 min

To celebrate this illustrious 420th episode of The Pen Addict podcast, we talked about the only thing that did this number justice: Pizza pens! We also discuss our beloved Scribble pen in unflattering terms, and dig into what makes a pen a collectors edition.

Jul 22

74 min

Brad gets all zen about pen cleaning - again. We also discuss a special Retro 51 anniversary, a virtual pen fair, and dig into recent pen reviews from Kaweco and Esterbrook.

Jul 15

63 min

Changes, they are coming - at least for our beloved Tomoe River paper. We discuss that, new Sailor releases, and try to decide how much Primary Manipulation we need in our lives.

Jul 8

68 min

Is our beloved Sailor Pen Co. about to have a new owner? Brad and Myke discuss all of the rumblings and try to sort out what it means. But first, we set the mood by lighting up the new Jacques Herbin scented candles.

Jul 1

68 min

Want to write your government official? Our listeners came through with all of the tips you need to make sure your voice is heard. We also talk about new products from some of our favorite brands, including Studio Neat, Ugmonk, and Field Notes.

Jun 24

64 min

Congratulations, you played yourself.

Jun 17

57 min

How do file-based digital planners work? Brad wants to know, and Myke tries to help. The conversation goes about as well as you would expect. Brad also shares a Kickstarter update, and digs into a slew of new stationery releases.

Jun 10

61 min

Myke and I are joined by Ana Reinert of The Well-Appointed Desk to discuss 10 years of blogging adventures.

Jun 3

84 min

Brad opened the box! We talk about the amazing urushi work found inside the box, plus new event cancellations, Myke’s ink swabbing experiment, and a six-pen challenge in this jam-packed episode.

May 27

72 min

So much Platinum talk, so little time! Brad and Myke break into cracked feeds and broken pricing, plus talk about some new pens that are intriguing. There is also an unopened box.

May 20

53 min

This episode is one big tease of new products from some of our favorite brands like Leonardo, Platinum, and Sailor. Also, if you had to rename the international paper standard naming convention, what names would you choose?

May 13

63 min

We have wonderful follow-up this week, including an updated translation and a searing look into neon inks. Brad and Myke then discuss tracking their collections, and Brad’s first foray into the Fountain Pen Companion.

May 6

63 min

Brad received the Platinum Curidas and gives his initial impressions. Then, a shopping spree happened,

Apr 29

71 min

We have new pens! The Retro 51 Celebration prototype is here, as is the brand new Kanilea Pen Co. Kona Cherry. Brad and Myke discuss them both, and later in the episode take a trip down memory lane.

Apr 22

59 min

What would it be like to go on your lunch break and walk into one of the best stationary shops in the world? Brad and Myke ponder this question, along with “Who is Kumamon?” in this wide-ranging, pasta-ordering podcast.

Apr 15

56 min

Brad and Myke discuss some of the newest products to cross their desks, while trying to sort out why certain pens in a certain price range are all the rage these days. Plus, we share our continued love and support for the Visconti Iopenna.

Apr 8

67 min

Brad went on a shopping spree for National Pencil Day - did you? He also went down a rabbit hole of discovery with fountain pen inks, and tried to sort out why this, and why now. It’s a question for the ages.

Apr 1

53 min

Brad makes his feelings for all things stationery known, and makes Myke uncomfortable at the same time. So, basically the perfect episode.

Mar 25

60 min

It’s a great time to catch up on all things Pen Addict, including an update to our Kickstarter campaign, new product releases, old product repairs, and one very interesting fish.

Mar 18

58 min

Following up on a wonderful episode 400, Brad and Myke have even more topics to discuss that get you up to speed on the history of the podcast.

Mar 11

76 min

Did you look at the 399 previous episodes of The Pen Addict Podcast and wonder “Where should I start?” Right here. This is where you should start.

Mar 4

104 min

Are you Frankenpen friendly? We are at The Pen Addict Podcast. We are also stationery friendly, digging into what - and how - we use some of our favorite goods.

Feb 26

60 min

The Bungubox 4B fountain pen has arrived via ParcelForce! We discuss that - and the customs charges contained within - along with plaster art, Platinum notebooks, Emulsion ink, and Brad’s latest Top 5 Pen list updates.

Feb 19

58 min

We talk a lot about unique pen designs in this episode, and are curious about some of the decisions made. And don’t worry, we talk about Retro 51 and Sailor as well.

Feb 12

66 min

There is so much good stuff in this episode that Brad is going to have to have another pen sale. Also, the fastest pens in the world.

Feb 5

58 min

The Retro 51 announcement last week was a shocker, but we now have some clarity, and a plan to move forward. We also can’t get enough of the Platinum Curidas, and use our friend Google Translate to help us decipher some interesting charts.

Jan 29

55 min

One of our favorite brands, Retro 51, is closing up shop. What does that mean to us, and to the pen industry?

Jan 22

62 min

Brad and Myke are joined once again by Adina Hurley to discuss her further journey into the rabbit hole that is the stationery world. What has she been up to since the San Francisco Pen Show? What new products have found their way home? How does she set up her one (or many?) journals? It’s always a good time when Adina joins the show.

Jan 15

61 min

How much knock could a twist knock knock if a twist knock could twist knock? Find out the answer in this episode of The Pen Addict podcast!

Jan 8

54 min

Brad and Myke ring in the new year with a discussion around what they are using for planning and journaling. What products are working for them, and, will they make it through an entire year with those products? Only time will tell!

Jan 2

63 min

It’s the last episode of 2019, so what better time to clear the #ASKTPA queue of all the questions!

Dec 2019

72 min

All the great lists were discussed on this episode. Myke listed all of the items currently sitting on his desk, and Brad gave us his top 10 stationary products of the decade. It’s a list-fest!

Dec 2019

75 min

Sometimes our show titles make complete sense. Sometimes they don’t. Which one is it this week? Also, are you ready to break the bank on your next Retro 51?

Dec 2019

62 min

We have recorded several gift guide episodes over the years, but this one is the best yet. Ana, Brad, and Myke fill up your shopping carts with a wide and wonderful array of stationery goodies that are sure to delight.

Nov 2019

97 min

Have you ever wanted to know what products live on Brad’s desk? Well today is your lucky day! We also break down the new Field Notes release, and discuss if abs have a place in pen design.

Nov 2019

73 min

Do you ever match your ink so perfectly to the pen you never want to change it? Do you ever wonder what it would look like if Platinum made a Star Wars pen? Do you know Brad bought a fancy pen? You will if you listen to this episode.

Nov 2019

58 min

Brad is joined by Cary Yeager this week to discuss all of the happenings at Kenro Industries, Fountain Pen Day, and every pen show on the planet.

Nov 2019

78 min

Brad is back from his trip to Dromgoole’s and has all the tales to tell. Are they resoundingly average? No, they are far better than that.

Oct 2019

55 min

Myke is back from a trip, and Brad is heading on one. Are they pen related? Maybe so! They might also talk about Sailor pens in this episode.

Oct 2019

65 min

It’s Horror Story time once again, and boy, did the listeners deliver!

Oct 2019

48 min

Brad and Myke always love talking about new products, but never as much as on this episode, as the touch on the latests extravagances from Montegrappa, Visconti, and Platinum.

Oct 2019

65 min

There is a lot of FOMO going on in this episode. Will Brad hold strong? Will Myke cave? How do they handle all of the great new products launching?

Oct 2019

53 min

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