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.
593: You know, Wisky
05/12/2023 • 52 minutes 1 second
592: Holiday Gift Guide 2023
29/11/2023 • 1 hour 15 minutes 53 seconds
591: I'm Thankful for Ballpoint Pens
22/11/2023 • 58 minutes 47 seconds
590: Writing With the Theme of Writing
15/11/2023 • 1 hour 3 minutes 13 seconds
589: 1 2 3 4 Inks
08/11/2023 • 51 minutes 8 seconds
588: Thick Paper Means Fountain Pens Work
01/11/2023 • 1 hour 2 minutes 5 seconds
587: I’m Not in a Month Long Meeting
25/10/2023 • 53 minutes 52 seconds
586: Only 19,996 to Go
18/10/2023 • 49 minutes 34 seconds
585: No, Not That One
11/10/2023 • 52 minutes 40 seconds
584: That Tube Needs a Home
Every tube deserves a home. Brad welcomes Myke back to the show, only to be told where to put his pen tubes. That’s right, Myke gets his payback on Brad’s desk tour!
04/10/2023 • 59 minutes 32 seconds
583: The Soft Stuff
This week, Brad is joined by correctly-spelled Mike, the one and only Mike Matteson from Inkdependence. We discuss his recent YouTube milestone, his local Pelikan Hub, some of his favorite inks, and what makes for a great pen show experience.
27/09/2023 • 1 hour 5 minutes 49 seconds
582: Fried Egg Jellyfish
All of the ASK TPA! Ok, maybe not all of it, but Brad and Myke dig into the mailbag and answer your questions. Keep them coming!
20/09/2023 • 47 minutes 27 seconds
581: A Wand, a Skull, and Two Octopuses
Brad is back from Orlando, but did he even go to the pen show? Apparently yes, but he returned with an unexpected haul.
13/09/2023 • 50 minutes 35 seconds
580: You're Going to Regret All of This
The Raffle for St. Jude is now live on The Pen Addict, and wow, do we have the goods! Brad and Myke discuss all of the amazing community participation so far, and look forward to what is next. Brad also prepares for the Orlando Pen Show, but not before they discuss a Kickstarter resurrection neither of them wanted to see.
06/09/2023 • 53 minutes 45 seconds
579: You Should Not Buy This Nib
The highly anticipated Pilot nib ranking finally happens on this episode, with Brad counting down from number 15 to his favorite nib in the top spot. Which ones should you buy, and which should you avoid? Brad writes it all out on this episode.
30/08/2023 • 1 hour 1 minute 15 seconds
578: Business Crush It Vibes
It’s San Francisco Pen Show week, and Brad has all the FOMO. He goes through his “If he were there” shopping list, looks at the new Kaweco EBONIT Sport, and finally begins testing 15 different Pilot nibs.
23/08/2023 • 1 hour 1 minute 22 seconds
577: They’re Generally Covered in Ink
Brad and Myke break down a slew of new products this week, which include a classic notebook maker, and a brand new one. They also give out a few tips for the upcoming San Francisco Pen Show.
16/08/2023 • 1 hour 23 seconds
576: We Had Ourselves a Trip
Brad is back from the Washington D.C. Fountain Pen SUPERSHOW, and has tales to tell.
09/08/2023 • 50 minutes 40 seconds
It’s Washington D.C. Fountain Pen Supershow time, and Brad, for once, is prepared! He discusses his gameplan for what will be a busy show, but not before getting ready for Hobonichi SZN.
02/08/2023 • 47 minutes 14 seconds
574: Smells Fuzzy
Brad is back from his Uni-ball talk and spills all the tea. Before that, he and Myke break down the new Pilot Vanishing point Limited Edition, and try to sort out the latest from Pilot’s ILMILY stationery lineup.
26/07/2023 • 1 hour 7 minutes 29 seconds
573: Corporate Stooge
We recorded early this week because Brad is off to talk to BIG PEN. Listen in to find out where he is heading and what he will be discussing. We also catch up on news reports from around the globe on the status of the Muji Polycarbonate Fountain Pen. Keep the reports coming!
18/07/2023 • 52 minutes 31 seconds
572: A Time of Great Upheaval
The social media landscape is disarray … but who cares? Let’s talk pens! Ok, we talk about social media a little bit, but then dig into live reports from Italy, Australia, and Portland, Oregon. What is going on in the wide world of stationery? We are here to tell you!
12/07/2023 • 50 minutes 31 seconds
571: Stationery Is Life
Brad and Myke are back behind the mic, and Brad goes behind the scenes to discuss how he gets out of the stationary doldrums. Brad also discovers a pen for the second time before he and Myke discuss what the sale of Pelikan means for fountain pen fans, and get their first official look at the Platinum 3776 Fuji Unkei "Uroko-Gumo."
05/07/2023 • 1 hour 1 minute 32 seconds
570: Witchy Whatever
Video games and stationery are a perfect match, and who better to discuss both topics than Miranda Sanchez. We discuss her prolific journaling habit, get some journaling advice, and break down her relatively new fountain pen obsession. Plus, we chat podcasting, and all things Twitch streaming.
28/06/2023 • 1 hour 13 minutes 16 seconds
569: By the Way I’m Also the President
Myke is back, and he and Brad catch up on his digital travels in our analog space. Brad also follows up on his conversation with Uni-ball over the Kuru Toga Dive kerfuffle, and he breaks down a few new products that have crossed his desk over recent weeks.
21/06/2023 • 53 minutes 48 seconds
568: I Wanted To Go The Slow Way
This week, Brad is joined by Frank Pressentin of Elbwood to discuss his beautifully handcrafted work. From his late start in life to his current meticulous manufacturing, they cover it all in this episode.
14/06/2023 • 1 hour 6 minutes 2 seconds
567: Just Delete Our Podcast
What would bring Brad to say this? Well, it’s an all ASK TPA episode of the podcast this week, and he has thoughts!
07/06/2023 • 1 hour 16 seconds
566: A Boat on Your Desk
In this episode, Brad and Myke ride a Balloon out over the Sea to get a beautiful view of the Horizon. Brad also inks up new pens.
31/05/2023 • 51 minutes 31 seconds
565: Egregious Gouging
Oh Uni-ball, what have you done? Brad and Myke discuss Uni’s way of “combatting resellers” by price gouging their loyal customers. They also dig into the eternal branding questions, and discuss Brad’s Happy Writing kick.
24/05/2023 • 51 minutes 50 seconds
564: The Distribution Game
Brad is joined this week by Bryce Gillett from Luxury Brands of America. Bryce breaks down the role distributors play in the stationery market, from getting products from manufacturers to consumers, choosing brands to work with, and the behind the scenes running of the business.
17/05/2023 • 52 minutes 2 seconds
563: Outs and Ins and Arounds
Brad is back from the Chicago Pen Show, with tales of deep dish pizza to tell. There were pens, too, as he breaks it all down in this episode. Brad also discusses his grand Jury Duty stationery selections.
10/05/2023 • 55 minutes 12 seconds
562: Brad Breaks Stationery
Many new pens crossed the desk of The Pen Addict this week. Which ones survived? Tune in to find out!
03/05/2023 • 57 minutes 4 seconds
We tried to let the ChatGPT conversation be one episode and done, but Lamy had other ideas. We discuss their AI design, praise Pilot’s new pen color, get inky with red inks, and Brad shares his love for the Pentel Sharp.
26/04/2023 • 53 minutes 57 seconds
560: Dear LAMY,
Since Brad and Myke can’t talk Lamy into making an Orange Lamy 2000, maybe AI can? They give it a shot this week!
19/04/2023 • 55 minutes 58 seconds
559: Overbooked My Brain
There were many recurring themes this episode, including one which sent Brad over the edge. So far over the edge that he has implemented a moratorium for the rest of the year.
12/04/2023 • 59 minutes 46 seconds
558: Gecko Like the Lizard
The Lamy bracket final is upon us-who do you have taking down the title? The venerably Lamy 2000, or the upstart Lamy Safari? It’s a battle for the ages! Brad also recaps his visit to the Atlanta Pen Show, and then gets back to his vacation.
05/04/2023 • 49 minutes
557: He's British So I Love Him
If Lando Norris used a Lamy pen, which would it be? Maybe one that landed in the Final Four of the Lamy Bracket? Or maybe a Deelite Safari? Let’s find out!
29/03/2023 • 49 minutes 36 seconds
556: Pen Sommelier
What are we using? Why are we using them? How difficult will Brad make this? Find out this week on The Pen Addict!
22/03/2023 • 58 minutes 57 seconds
555: Lamy, Call Your Boys
Brad is back from the Baltimore Pen Show, and has tales to tell. Also, Lamy has decided it is bracket season, and boy do we have thoughts.
15/03/2023 • 54 minutes 48 seconds
554: Block Signature Signature
Our recent signature and handwriting talk sparked some great feedback, which we dig into at the start of today’s episode. Brad then heaps praise on Sailor. That’s right. PRAISE! Brad will also be at the Baltimore Pen Show this upcoming weekend, and goes into all of the details.
08/03/2023 • 58 minutes 59 seconds
553: Number Green
When you have a product named Sweet Juice Milk, you know there is going to be follow up. Brad gets angsty over the latest Pilot Juice release, discusses his Nahvalur Original Plus review, and Myke decides if he needs a signature makeover.
01/03/2023 • 1 hour 1 minute 8 seconds
552: Where's the Margarita Version?
What better feedback than Pilot FriXion feedback?! We get a list of use cases for everyone's favorite erasable gel ink pen, talk about Sailor doing Sailor things, and bring Blue Milk into the show lore.
22/02/2023 • 58 minutes 8 seconds
551: The Traditional Ball Knock
Brad’s review of the Pilot FriXion Ball Knock Zone has finally been published, so maybe this podcast topic can finally be put to bed. One topic we never hope to put to bed are price decreases, which we saw last week from one of our favorite makers.
15/02/2023 • 51 minutes 23 seconds
550: An Oddly Enjoyable Fountain Pen
Brad breaks down a huge range of new content at The Pen Addict this week, including the latest from Schon DSGN, and his thoughts on PLOTTER. A Top 5 Pens update also happened, and a discussion around selling pens.
08/02/2023 • 1 hour 3 minutes 38 seconds
549: Less Caps, More Clicks
There is a spy amongst us! Brad and Myke try to sort it out at the beginning of this week’s episode, before digging into the latest and greatest the stationery world has to offer. That includes deciding on THE ONE pen they could use for the rest of their lives.
01/02/2023 • 55 minutes 37 seconds
548: Emergency Cufflinks
Batman, Tutankhamen, and now this one? Montegrappa has done it again! Brad and Myke talk about their latest unbelievable pen design, discuss the annual Lamy AL-Star release, and one of the strangest pens to cross Brad’s desk in some time.
25/01/2023 • 1 hour 8 minutes 8 seconds
547: Peaking at Average
Sometimes the best laid plans get balled up and tossed right into the bin. That’s how this week’s show progressed, and you know what, it turned out pretty great.
18/01/2023 • 58 minutes 25 seconds
546: Getting Together and Doing Pen Stuff
The US Pen Show season kicks off this week, and Brad has begun booking travel for later in the year. Will you be attending any pen shows in 2023? Brad also bows to peer pressure … multiple times.
11/01/2023 • 1 hour 51 seconds
545: Relax Better
It’s Theme Season, and Brad brings his interesting take on a simple idea to the show today. How will stationary find its way into this theme? Where there is a pen, there is a way.
04/01/2023 • 58 minutes 26 seconds
544: Things Run Smoother On WNYC
Brad and Myke are back to wrap up 2022 in the only way they know how: talking about stationery! Brad catches Myke up on all of the content goodness over the last few weeks, and they wrap the show by cleaning their desks in preparation for 2023.
28/12/2022 • 56 minutes 40 seconds
543: Sketchnotes, Revisited
Over ten years ago, we had Mike Rohde as our first ever guest on the podcast. He is back with Brad this week to discuss all things Sketchnote, and the awesomeness that has transpired over the last decade.
14/12/2022 • 1 hour 7 minutes 38 seconds
542: This Love Has Conditions
To misquote one of Brad’s favorite singers, Laura Jane Grace, even if his love was unconditional, it wouldn’t save him from questioning their product choices. He questions many of them this episode.
07/12/2022 • 59 minutes 20 seconds
541: Holiday Gift Guide 2022
Ana is back, with stationery gift ideas in tow! She and Brad break down all of the fun stationery goods they hope to see this holiday season, and give you some ideas along the way.
30/11/2022 • 1 hour 6 minutes 35 seconds
540: Just Do the Job Brad!
Brad and Myke answer all of your #ASKTPA questions this week.
23/11/2022 • 54 minutes 30 seconds
539: Will the GO Go Away?
It’s an old school podcast this week, with Field Notes and TWSBI discussion right from the start. Brad then breaks down the new Writewell launch from Good Made Better, plus explains his choices for the updated Top 5 Fountain Pens between $100 and $200.
16/11/2022 • 1 hour 4 minutes 48 seconds
538: Lukewarm Takes
Hot Takes are the internet’s favorite currency, but are they a thing in the stationery world? Brad and Myke explore what is, and what isn’t, a hot take, and discover-gladly-that we reside in a more lukewarm territory.
09/11/2022 • 55 minutes 13 seconds
537: Adjusted in the Wrong Direction
In an episode full of fun and surprises, Myke discovers the biggest one right near the end.
02/11/2022 • 58 minutes 14 seconds
536: Strange and Cherry
Lamy released pictures of their best collaboration yet, so why is Brad upset? He explains, and also discusses new Kaweco builds and collaborations, and the return of Conid. Finally, he breaks down the Top 5 “Next” Fountain Pens list update, recently published on the blog.
26/10/2022 • 55 minutes 24 seconds
535: A Fine Mist of Yama
It’s Horror Story season! Brad and Myke kick things off with two great stories, and an accidental third that needed to be discussed. Then, Brad breaks down his updated Top 5 Beginner Fountain Pens list.
19/10/2022 • 56 minutes 9 seconds
534: Every Day I Vote For Pens
We discussed the launch of the OKB48 vote last week, and this week, Brad cast his ballot. Brad then attempts to explain a traditional eyedropper mechanism to Myke, with varying levels of success.
12/10/2022 • 51 minutes
533: Emotional Support Stationery
The most important election of the year is underway, and that is the pen vote at OKB48! Brad breaks down last years list, updates his Top 5 Pen In The Store list, and digs into his first experiences with a group of freshly inked fountain pens.
05/10/2022 • 57 minutes 24 seconds
532: Nice Cakes
New Sailor releases! Paper discontinuations! Weird products! Planner changes! It’s an all the great things episode of The Pen Addict Podcast this week.
28/09/2022 • 1 hour 1 minute 35 seconds
531: Royal Pen Content
Myke is back, and boy do he and Brad have some catching up to do! From all the King’s Pens, to an oddly-placed Naruto experience, they cover it all in this week’s episode.
21/09/2022 • 49 minutes 43 seconds
Brad is joined this week by C.Y. from Tokyo Station Pens and the Tokyo Inklings Podcast. They met in person at the San Francisco Pen Show for the first time a few weeks ago, but it took until C.Y. returned to Japan for Brad to record their conversation. Way to go!
13/09/2022 • 1 hour 31 minutes 5 seconds
529: There’s No Such Thing as a Perfect Paper
There are always sacrifices when picking the perfect paper for yourself. Brad breaks down how he tests paper, what he looks for, and the pens and pencils he uses to make decisions on what’s good.
07/09/2022 • 55 minutes 56 seconds
528: 10:12 AM
Brad is back from the San Francisco Pen Show and has all the tales to tell.
31/08/2022 • 1 hour 42 seconds
Before Brad heads to the San Francisco Pen Show, we have some important things to discuss. Mainly, Hobonichi’s plan to phase in the new Tomoe River paper in time for 2024 planners. Brad also pen show preps, and then gets help from Myke on how to sort his loose fountain pen nibs.
24/08/2022 • 56 minutes
526: All of the Fruit Combinations
Brad is on a pen show bender-when will it end? Not for several weeks, at least! Brad has signed up for classes in San Francisco, started updating his Top 5 Pens list, and rails on ink bottle design thanks to an #ASKTPA question. Myke is here, too.
17/08/2022 • 49 minutes 29 seconds
525: Don’t Leave Me
Brad auditioned for not one, but two new jobs this week. What are they, and will he be leaving Myke in the dust? Tune in to find out!
10/08/2022 • 52 minutes 19 seconds
It’s DC Pen Show week-will you be there? Brad and Myke won’t, but that doesn’t stop Brad from being the unofficial hype man for the “Supershow.” What will you find there? Maybe some of the new products we discuss on this episode.
03/08/2022 • 57 minutes 14 seconds
523: Average is Good
What is the P.A.R.? Brad breaks down the stationery grading system he shares with Pen Addict Members each week, and gives out grades for a few popular products. The show also makes a guest appearance on the most recent Office Ladies podcast, which is the highlight of a lifetime for Brad and Myke.
27/07/2022 • 1 hour 2 minutes 21 seconds
522: Your Pen Type
Do you have a pen type? Can you define it? Is there a single pen that encapsulates your pen type perfectly? Brad explores what he looks for when buying and selling pens in an effort to make the best decision possible.
20/07/2022 • 1 hour 1 minute 31 seconds
521: Un, Deux, Trois, Quatre, BAG
International. Paper. Standards.
13/07/2022 • 55 minutes 8 seconds
520: National Guacamole Day
How much Ultem is too much? We aren’t there yet, according to Brad. In fact, he wants more Ultem in his pens and pencils. He and Myke discuss that, plus and interesting Sailor North America release, National Mechanical Pencil Day, and a hopeful conclusion to the TWSBI/Narwhal saga.
06/07/2022 • 55 minutes 13 seconds
519: We Tried Harder With This One
What is the ultimate EDC? Could it be the ULTEMate EDC? Brad and Myke discuss a new product from Tactile Turn featuring everybody’s favorite plastic alternative, a wild release from Franklin-Christoph, and Brad’s thoughts on the Kaweco Premium nib after months of use.
29/06/2022 • 53 minutes 48 seconds
518: Just Spell it Lewis
Myke is back! Or is he? Brad talks to some person on the other end of the line about all things stationary, including Lamy making some Vista moves, skulls on a stick, and a decade of greatness that culminates in … something else.
16/06/2022 • 1 hour 8 minutes
517: Ride or Die Hobonichi
Brad is joined this week by April Wu. April, aka Penguins Creative, is an avid
traveller, journaler, and stationery junkie. In short, she is one of us! She also works
for DESIGNPHIL, the parent company of Traveler’s Company, Plotter, and other
well-known stationery brands.
08/06/2022 • 1 hour 1 minute 58 seconds
516: A Selection of Odd Recordings
It’s #ASKTPA time! We are long overdue in answering your questions, and in typical Pen Addict fashion, didn’t get to all of them!
01/06/2022 • 53 minutes 22 seconds
515: Peter Piper Picked A Pen of Pepper
We didn’t simply pick one pen this episode, we picked five each. Brad and Myke updated listeners on the current Top 5 Fountain pens, and Brad went further, detailing plans for the start of his 100 pens project.
25/05/2022 • 1 hour 8 seconds
514: Through the Moon
This podcast is so hot, we are going to need shades! Specifically, Kaweco branded sunglasses. We also find Cinderella’s Slipper, miss the apex on Montegrappa’s latest F1 pen, and Brad gets what he asks for in relation to the Pilot Custom 912.
18/05/2022 • 59 minutes 37 seconds
513: What Do You Think About Nuts?
Brad and Myke talk about some of their favorite things. Orange Mark One? Check. New Sailor pens? Check. Jony Ive’s favorite pen? CHECK!
11/05/2022 • 1 hour 8 minutes 18 seconds
512: Diamine Cookie Monster
If you could design the wildest ink you could think of, what would it be? And what pens are you using today? And how would you manage your phones home screen? Wait … is this Cortex?
04/05/2022 • 1 hour 2 minutes 21 seconds
511: It Monday, Me Write
There was a situation in the planner of a certain Pen Addict this week. Or was it last week? Possibly the week before? Brad is distraught, and comes to you for his weekly stationery therapy session.
27/04/2022 • 1 hour 12 minutes 21 seconds
510: Everything's a Bear
We have nib follow-up, we have golf pens, we have superhero pens, and, most importantly, Brad finds himself in a very Bear-y situation.
20/04/2022 • 57 minutes 51 seconds
509: All Over the Nib Map
Brad Dowdy, King of the Needlpoints, Ruler of the Fine Line, First of his Name, bought a stacked nib. And he likes it
13/04/2022 • 1 hour 4 minutes 54 seconds
508: What Year Is It? Where Am I?
Brad went to the Atlanta Pen Show … or did he? We discuss his whirlwind of an event, and see what it was like to be back home after years away.
06/04/2022 • 1 hour 2 minutes 2 seconds
507: Hand in Your Badge
Happy International Pencil Day! We spend at least two minutes celebrating graphite on what is, ostensibly, an ink-filled episode. Planning and Pen Show prep are on the agenda, all before Brad pledges his fealty to the Uni-ball One.
30/03/2022 • 49 minutes 17 seconds
506: Chicken Ink
How do you take your ink, seasoned or fried? These are the important discussions Brad and Myke have, along with and Elbwood unboxing, hope for the Pilot 912 lineup, and Ferrari pens.
23/03/2022 • 54 minutes 50 seconds
505: Aggressively Debossed
Myke is back, but we are still discussing Jacob this week, as Brad received a special package from Japan. What was included? Tune in to find out.
18/03/2022 • 1 hour 6 minutes 12 seconds
504: Our Octopus Conversation
Brad is joined this week by Jacob, aka FudeFan, to discuss all things Japanese stationery. This big stores, the small makers, the secret handshakes, and even the throwing away of fountain pens - we cover it all!
09/03/2022 • 1 hour 12 minutes 34 seconds
503: I’ve Had Perfectly Standard Experiences
Brad gives a planner update in the early stages of 2022, makes glowing remarks about the latest releases from TWSBI, Studio Neat, and Schon DSGN, and calls a listener a liar. So, you know, a normal show.
02/03/2022 • 56 minutes 55 seconds
502: Throw a Dart at $125 Ten Years Ago
Have you heard? Brad LOVES the Pilot Custom 74. So much so, that he reviewed it this week, and elaborated further on its awesomeness this week. Brad and Myke also tier-rank fountain pen filling systems, and answer what features separate premium pens from standard pens.
23/02/2022 • 58 minutes 37 seconds
501: The AL-Star Sucks
Is it #TeamAL-Star, or #TeamSafari in 2022? The decision is tougher than it seems. Brad and Myke also answer the 500th episode question posed to listeners, and go through a detailed breakdown of the data gathered.
16/02/2022 • 51 minutes 45 seconds
We did it! 500 episodes of a podcast about pens. Thank you to everyone who has been part of this journey!
09/02/2022 • 3 hours 29 seconds
499: I'm Gonna Drink It
I mean, if you are going to put coffee in your ink name, what else am I supposed to do? Myke talks Brad out of drinking ink this week, but not out of buying a celebration pen for next week’s 500th episode.
02/02/2022 • 49 minutes 45 seconds
Brad and Myke have an idea for Episode 500, and we need your participation. Listen in to find out how to contribute! We also discuss TWSBI’s continued product creation, an exclusive ink library, and a very fast pen.
26/01/2022 • 1 hour 5 minutes 6 seconds
497: Here's My Desk Computer, Here's My Desk Cup
Stuff happens this episode, all of it fueled by the mighty coffee bean.
19/01/2022 • 53 minutes 33 seconds
496: Pen TMZ
Brad and Myke go behind the scenes this week and talk about talking with brands, distributors, and retailers. What are the pros and cons of digging deeper into the stationery industry?
12/01/2022 • 51 minutes 12 seconds
495: Parter Jocker
It’s a new year, so it is time for new themes. And new stationery. And new brand names that Brad makes up on the fly. Happy 2022!
05/01/2022 • 1 hour 8 seconds
494: The Centre is Twisty
Myke unboxes the Drillog live on the show this week. It goes … well? We break it all down, plus discuss early planning for the new year, and an interesting notebook format to check out.
29/12/2021 • 1 hour 14 minutes 28 seconds
493: A Guy Named Dean
The results of the 2021 Pen Addict Census are in! Myke and I have breaking it all down in this week’s episode.
22/12/2021 • 1 hour 10 minutes 19 seconds
492: I Can Tell You Don't Like It
Brad and Myke are back together, and they get METAL! Ok, not really, that was just them fawning over last week’s guest. This week, Brad gets into trouble, then tries to extract himself from said trouble. So, a normal week around here.
15/12/2021 • 1 hour 50 seconds
491: The Symphony
Brad is joined this week by special guest Anabelle Hiller. While known for her current work with Appelboom Pen as their in-house nib and repair superstar, her story is much bigger than that. We dig into her musical past, her goldsmithing future, and how all of that plays into her love for fountain pens.
08/12/2021 • 1 hour 6 minutes 12 seconds
490: Orange-Flavored Pens
Brad takes us through a first look at several new-to-him products, including the ystudio Revolve, PenBBS 456, and an ink you don’t want to miss.
01/12/2021 • 54 minutes 31 seconds
489: The Radiation in This Pen Is Not Harmful
Brad and Myke are lost during gift guide season without their venerable third podcast host. They make it through a mini-guide this year, plus discuss two interesting Tomoe River Paper tidbits.
24/11/2021 • 50 minutes 20 seconds
488: Your Warranty is Voided
It’s a big follow-up week, with State of Stationary comments, NaNoCoMo updates, and a look at a few recent purchases from both Brad and Myke.
18/11/2021 • 59 minutes 38 seconds
487: The State of Stationery
What is the current state of the stationery market? Prompted by listener questions, Brad and Myke break down what they are seeing across the industry.
10/11/2021 • 1 hour 1 minute 31 seconds
What are you using? Brad and Myke discuss their current stationary situation, how they will be spending Fountain Pen Day, Tomoe River updates, and how #NaNoCoMo is going.
03/11/2021 • 1 hour 4 minutes 45 seconds
485: Every Month Has a Month
What if you participated in NaNoWriMo, but didn’t write a book? Brad shares his ideas on this upcoming monthly challenge, plus digs in to the candidates for this years OKB48 General Election.
27/10/2021 • 55 minutes 9 seconds
484: Don't Lie about Being in Antarctica
Big news this week as Brad made the tough decision to wind down Nock Co., at least as it is currently built. He and Myke also break down the latest TWSBI Japan-only release, and consider making their own wooden pencils.
20/10/2021 • 1 hour 13 minutes 2 seconds
483: You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
We answer all of your pressing #ASKTPA questions this week - from picking out a new fountain pen nib to why color pencil leads are so hard to find. We also get a sneak peek at the TPA Slack Survey.
13/10/2021 • 1 hour 22 minutes 4 seconds
482: It's a Medium Nib, It's Fine
We have Pen Addict surveys! We have new Lamy collaborations! We even have new Rotring colors! But, did you know we have stacked nibs? Well, Myke does, and tells us all about them.
06/10/2021 • 1 hour 1 minute 15 seconds
481: Fully Precedented
Brad and Myke chart a path into unprecedented territory this week. Or do they? Listen in and you be the judge.
29/09/2021 • 56 minutes 6 seconds
480: An Approximation of a Color
In the case of one of our all-time favorite Pen Addict products, what is dead may never die. Yes, the Scribble Pen is … back? It’s something, that’s for sure.
22/09/2021 • 1 hour 51 seconds
479: Fountain Pen Companion with Urban Hafner
Brad is joined this week by Urban Hafner, the developer of Fountain Pen Companion. FPC is an essential site for fountain pen and ink fanatics, and the answer to all of your “How do I track all of this stuff?” questions. Thank you Urban for sharing your story!
16/09/2021 • 59 minutes 13 seconds
478: 27% More Color Density
How important is color density in your gel ink pens? Zebra would like you to find out. Brad would like Pentel to find out who besmirched the legacy of Pikachu on their latest EnerGel, and then helps you decide on what to look for in your next planner.
08/09/2021 • 1 hour 13 minutes 22 seconds
477: This Notebook Has Rules
What’s more fun than talking about companies who recycle and reuse old products as new again? We pile on #MONTBLANCGATE this week, before digging into to Brad’s experience with the PLOTTER notebook system
01/09/2021 • 1 hour 8 minutes 41 seconds
476: Particular Thoughts about Particular Products
You want thoughts about stationery? Brad has them. He breaks down the Uni Alpha Gel Switch and the TWSBI Swipe, and ends up with more questions than answers. At least he has 18 new bottles of ink to distract him.
25/08/2021 • 1 hour 11 minutes 59 seconds
What is going on with Jowo? What is Kaweco planning? What is Pilot recalling? Brad and Myke attempt to break it all down, along with discussing a good pen, and an ink you should never put in a fountain pen.
18/08/2021 • 57 minutes 14 seconds
474: Grippier Grips
Myke is back, and allows Brad to regale him with tales of stationary wonder. Brad has new pens (shocker,) new ideas (shocker,) and new writers (shocker!!!) Tune in for all of this stationary goodness.
11/08/2021 • 54 minutes 59 seconds
473: Nail Time with the Nib Doctor
Brad upgraded this week and connected with Audrey Matteson, Franklin-Christoph’s one and only Nib Doctor. They thoroughly consider test driving the latest nail polish, and have a bonanza discussing all of the analog(ue) tools you know and love.
04/08/2021 • 57 minutes 39 seconds
472: Pretty Very Also Good
We should rename this podcast to Brad Buys Pens, because that is all he has done this summer. We discuss his latest acquisitions, a Pilot Pokemon collab, and an awesome community-focused Leonardo pen about to launch.
28/07/2021 • 55 minutes 54 seconds
471: I Drop Pens All The Time
The amount of pens being dropped in this community is too darn high! What can be done about that? Brad and Myke discuss that, plus large capacity converters, ultra-fine tipped ballpoints, and Brad’s love of Ultem.
21/07/2021 • 1 hour 1 second
470: Fibers in the Groove
It’s an action-packed episode this week, as Brad and Myke cover the upcoming Drillog launch, the new TWSBI Swipe, and everything in between. Watch out for the Ruler Mafia!
14/07/2021 • 1 hour 8 minutes 51 seconds
469: Does it BEND?
It’s a highlighter - does it need too? Brad and Myke discuss these important questions, and others, on this rollicking episode of the podcast.
07/07/2021 • 1 hour 8 minutes 45 seconds
468: The A's got a Hat On
Brad is back from vacation and has big plans. Plans for what? Plans to change his planner, that’s what! We discuss that, Drillog news, and handwriting tips and tricks.
30/06/2021 • 1 hour 8 minutes 20 seconds
467: You Had One Job
Remote location Brad had one job this week on vacation, and he couldn’t even get that right. What he, and Myke, did get right was their commentary on all things stationery. They are never wrong about any of that stuff, right?
23/06/2021 • 1 hour 17 minutes 26 seconds
466: I'm Not Going to Rank My Friends
Brad posted an update to his Top 5 Fountain Pens between $100-$200 and he an Myke break it all down. Plus, they discuss fancy pens in this dragon.
16/06/2021 • 1 hour 9 minutes 1 second
465: Skittles Skulls
This week, Brad is joined by Ben Walsh of Gravitas Pens to discuss his story of the brand. It’s a story of trial, error, and resiliency, and one I hope you enjoy.
09/06/2021 • 51 minutes 31 seconds
464: A Paint Job and a Story
Brad and Myke catch up on what they are using today before digging into Brad’s latest shopping experience, bulky notebooks, and … edible note pads?
02/06/2021 • 1 hour 3 minutes 37 seconds
463: ABC Generic Pen
A pen cleaning for the ages, the One pen, and a 55th Edition. What more could you ask for in a single episode? Maybe a couple of pens that will not be mentioned? Yes, that too.
26/05/2021 • 1 hour 15 minutes 12 seconds
462: I Know That Sound, I Make It
How do you review a pen that you personally love, but wouldn’t recommend it except to the smallest fraction of pen users? Brad and Myke discuss this, plus discuss what they look for when shopping for a custom pen.
18/05/2021 • 56 minutes 51 seconds
461: Shimmer is Now an Add-On
I mean, isn’t shimmer always an add-on? Brad and Myke think so when it comes to pens, and inks. Find out exactly which ones in this week’s episode!
12/05/2021 • 1 hour 3 minutes 55 seconds
460: Congratulations, You Are Correct
What are your thoughts on the new Blackwing Palomino? What do you think Field Notes will do for their 50th release? Do you leave stickers on pens, or peel them off? Come on in and listen to find out how right - or wrong - you are!
05/05/2021 • 1 hour 5 minutes 36 seconds
459: All This to Pay for a Pen
Business Brad is front and center this week, before discussing a new Platinum limited edition, the first release from the new Retro 51 team, and the cast of Ted Lasso as pens. The what, you say? Listen and find out!
28/04/2021 • 57 minutes 21 seconds
458: The Fourth Best Colour
Brad may be making another call to the law firm if this continued usage of orange keeps up from unauthorized parties. Until then, he and Myke discuss what they have been using, possibly new Maruman Croquis notebooks, and deciding between fountain pens and standard pens.
21/04/2021 • 1 hour 1 minute 10 seconds
457: A Literal Banana
When is a big pen too big? Brad found out almost immediately after last week’s show. The discussion then turns to a new, old notebook that Brad is enjoying, which led to an even deeper discussion around stationary satisfaction.
14/04/2021 • 1 hour 4 minutes 14 seconds
456: Citrus, Orange, and Tangerine Esq.
Brad’s lawyers were active this week, but the situation has been resolved with no further intervention required. Brad follows up on a conversation with Retro 51, and a new pen he is shopping for, then Myke jumps in to discuss Sailor’s 110th Anniversary.
08/04/2021 • 1 hour 15 minutes 32 seconds
455: Thumbs Up for Fountain Pens
Some days are rough, and some days are just like “Thumbs up for fountain pens!” Today is definitely the latter, as Brad and Myke discuss making your own Sailor Pro Gear, the new Schon DSGN Ultem model, and Brad corrects a big error from last week.
31/03/2021 • 1 hour 32 seconds
454: Concerning Your Use of Orange…
The cases are shipped! The nibs are in flight! The use of orange is … questionable? Brad and Myke discuss all the things, including new stuff from our favorites at CW Pencil Enterprise, Musubi, Gravitas, and The Well-Appointed Desk.
24/03/2021 • 1 hour 1 minute 7 seconds
453: What Have You Done?
Myke received a rare box of goodies from Brad, and then a second right behind that. What's going on in this world where that would actually happen. Myke discusses what was inside the boxes, plus new limited edition releases from Pilot, Sailor, and TWSBI.
17/03/2021 • 1 hour 8 minutes 42 seconds
452: Not Enough Sizing
We make things! Both Brad and Myke have hot products in the works, including a restock of the Theme System Journal, and a new Spoke fountain pen - or three. We dig into all of that, plus some interesting pen store news, in this week’s episode.
10/03/2021 • 1 hour 18 minutes 25 seconds
451: Changing the World One Person at a Time
What if you launched a Collection, but spelled it Sport? Brad has fun at Kaweco’s expense this week before digging into the new Pilot Special Edition he has been waiting for. Or maybe not
03/03/2021 • 55 minutes 53 seconds
450: The Friendships We Made Along the Way
450 podcast episodes, and nearly 10 years of Kickstarter campaigns! Brad and Myke discuss their personal highlights - and a few lowlights - of nearly 200 campaigns backed.
24/02/2021 • 2 hours 13 minutes 49 seconds
449: Retail 9-9-5
How engineered does a dip pen need to be? Apparently VERY engineered is the answer, and we are here for it. We discuss that very interesting pen, Brad’s new Ultra Extra Fine nib, and the design heather that Leonardo has been on this year.
17/02/2021 • 55 minutes 55 seconds
448: The Hurley School of Pen Usage
Adina is back! And this time, she has comics in tow. How is she making them? What pens and paper is she using? How did she decide what colors of Sailor Ink Studio to purchase? All of that, and more, in this awesome episode.
10/02/2021 • 1 hour 29 minutes 44 seconds
447: Global Monetary Markets
How do price increases affect retailers? How about consumers? Are we heading towards a tipping point in a few years? Brad has no clue, but he would like to find out. We also talk new products from Platinum, and new decisions from Kaweco
03/02/2021 • 55 minutes 56 seconds
446: We Are Now Under New Ownership
No, not The Pen Addict, but our good friends over at Retro 51 have officially made the transition. We also discuss Brad’s foray back into fountain pens, Presidential writing instruments, and Sailor price increases.
27/01/2021 • 58 minutes 29 seconds
445: Great Day to Start a New Notebook
It’s new notebook day for Brad, and there are many great reasons as to why. We also discuss Retro 51 sale news, and dig into a big batch of #ASKTPA.
20/01/2021 • 1 hour 6 minutes 47 seconds
444: Complex Complicated Colours
News of a new, old Lamy Safari hit the stationary internet, and Brad and Myke discuss what it is, and what it means. They also break down an 87 pen list as best as one can, and talk about what 2021 may hold from a stationary perspective.
13/01/2021 • 1 hour 2 minutes 16 seconds
443: Notes Passing Through the Night
Brad breaks down not only his Theme System Journal in this week’s episode, but also his 2021 planner, and his Notebook of Randomness.
06/01/2021 • 1 hour 11 minutes 26 seconds
442: Instead I Got a Monitor Stand
The holiday break is over and there is stationary to discuss! Brad and Myke do just that this week, with talk around the Theme System, Retro 51, Holiday gifts, and rage cleaning all of your fountain pens.
30/12/2020 • 1 hour 8 minutes 57 seconds
Rachael Maddow, we are so sorry! Your pencil choices were a big topic of conversation today, and we broke down a few that may make a good replacement for you. Myke and I also discuss the new Theme System Journal, Second Edition, from cover to cover.
16/12/2020 • 1 hour 6 minutes 36 seconds
440: Upgraded Vision
Hello Kitty. Lisa Frank. Popper-palooza. How much better can one episode get? How about 99,999 times better?
09/12/2020 • 59 minutes 11 seconds
439: Falcon Is An Acquired Taste
Two of our favorite brands - Pilot and Sailor - have done some interesting things over the past week. Brad and Myke discuss that, plus Brad’s TWSBI Golden Horse, and the latest version of the Bullet Journal notebook.
02/12/2020 • 1 hour 5 minutes 38 seconds
438: I’ll Take a Kilt – Holiday Gift Guide 2020
Brad and Myke are joined by Ana Reinert of The Well-Appointed Desk for our annual Gift Guide Episode. We tackle a ton of categories to cover all of your holiday shopping needs!
25/11/2020 • 1 hour 23 minutes 25 seconds
437: That's Not My Handwriting
Brad’s wrist is improving, but is his left-handed handwriting? We discuss other lefty-centric topics, perforated pages, abs on a pen and making better pencil recommendations.
18/11/2020 • 1 hour 12 minutes 51 seconds
436: Pens Take Precedence
Brad is back … or is he? With a broken wrist in tow, he and Myke try to sort out what is going on with Sailor’s many new releases. Is it all a fever dream?
11/11/2020 • 1 hour 1 minute 14 seconds
435: Fine Fine Medium Line
Brad did some shopping for Fountain Pen Day. Did you? We talk about a couple of new acquisitions, and then listen live as Myke stumbles upon a secret.
04/11/2020 • 1 hour 27 seconds
434: Trick Ink Window
The results of the Great Pen Addict Slack Survey are in! Brad and Myke break it all down, plus discuss new, and strange, pens from TWSBI, making Zines, and what uni-ball is up to in the US.
28/10/2020 • 1 hour 4 minutes 57 seconds
433: Why would you do that‽
It’s a business-heavy podcast this week, as we talk about bits of news across the stationery industry. We also discuss the upcoming virtual Detroit Pen Show, and a couple of new products on Brad’s desk.
21/10/2020 • 1 hour 12 minutes 23 seconds
432: Blacklight Poster Pens
Sailor pens or Benu pens? Why not both! We dig into the latest Sailor business news this week, and Brad expresses his love for a brand he was indifferent on for years. We also reminisce about our friend Bob Johnson, owner of the DC Supershow, who passed away last month.
14/10/2020 • 52 minutes 19 seconds
431: May I Buy This From You?
What do you think of the Sailor Pen rebrand? How do you review the King of Pen? Is King of Pen even spelled correctly? These are the hard hitting questions Brad and Myke tackle today. Plus, Brad asks if he can buy a pen.
07/10/2020 • 1 hour 16 minutes 26 seconds
430: Better than the G2
The Pilot G2 is a good gel ink pen. There are better gel ink pens right next to it on the store shelf, and Brad digs into the ones you should consider the next time you are stocking up.
30/09/2020 • 1 hour 5 minutes 29 seconds
429: Name of the Pen on the Pen
Myke is back after a week on the lam and we have a lot to catch up on! Kickstarter campaigns, pen releases, charity drives - all of the things on this jam-packed episode.
23/09/2020 • 1 hour 12 minutes 12 seconds
428: Stacked Nibs
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?
16/09/2020 • 51 minutes 20 seconds
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.
09/09/2020 • 56 minutes 11 seconds
426: When Am I Gonna Get One?
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.
02/09/2020 • 1 hour 1 minute 37 seconds
425: The 1911 of Pen
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?
26/08/2020 • 1 hour 4 minutes 6 seconds
424: Keyboard Addict
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!
19/08/2020 • 1 hour 9 minutes 49 seconds
423: Cute Fun Spooky
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.
12/08/2020 • 1 hour 55 seconds
422: The Future is Not Fountain Pens
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.
05/08/2020 • 56 minutes 32 seconds
421: Return of the Tower of Pens
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.
29/07/2020 • 1 hour 8 minutes 8 seconds
420: The Real Collector's Edition
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.
22/07/2020 • 1 hour 13 minutes 37 seconds
419: That's So Draplin
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.
15/07/2020 • 1 hour 2 minutes 9 seconds
418: Today I Hate Paper
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.
08/07/2020 • 1 hour 7 minutes 2 seconds
417: Barely Cut Hay
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.
01/07/2020 • 1 hour 7 minutes 44 seconds
416: The Purest Carrots
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.
24/06/2020 • 1 hour 3 minutes 51 seconds
415: Blender's Choice
Congratulations, you played yourself.
17/06/2020 • 56 minutes 50 seconds
414: Where Do I Even Write Things?
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.
10/06/2020 • 1 hour 8 seconds
413: Ana Does Best
Myke and I are joined by Ana Reinert of The Well-Appointed Desk to discuss 10 years of blogging adventures.
03/06/2020 • 1 hour 23 minutes 19 seconds
412: Urushi Safari KOP Magnet Filler
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.
27/05/2020 • 1 hour 11 minutes 17 seconds
411: Curious Case of the Curidas Cracking
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.
20/05/2020 • 52 minutes 36 seconds
410: Albert, Duchess, and Duke
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?
13/05/2020 • 1 hour 2 minutes 8 seconds
409: Looks Like a Milkshake
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.
06/05/2020 • 1 hour 2 minutes 29 seconds
408: You Gotta Let Me Live My Life
Brad received the Platinum Curidas and gives his initial impressions. Then, a shopping spree happened,
29/04/2020 • 1 hour 10 minutes 51 seconds
407: A Pen With an Instruction Set
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.
22/04/2020 • 58 minutes 57 seconds
406: Maruzen After Lunch
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.
15/04/2020 • 55 minutes 14 seconds
405: The Biggest Flex
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.
08/04/2020 • 1 hour 6 minutes 30 seconds
404: Maybe a Pen Canoe
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.
01/04/2020 • 52 minutes 57 seconds
403: Stationery Makes Me Feel Things
Brad makes his feelings for all things stationery known, and makes Myke uncomfortable at the same time. So, basically the perfect episode.
25/03/2020 • 59 minutes 41 seconds
402: We Need More of This
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.
18/03/2020 • 57 minutes 48 seconds
401: Can I Touch the Pen?
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.
11/03/2020 • 1 hour 15 minutes 9 seconds
400: Pen Addict 101
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.
04/03/2020 • 1 hour 18 minutes 35 seconds
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.
26/02/2020 • 59 minutes 27 seconds
398: Plastered on a Card
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.
19/02/2020 • 57 minutes 4 seconds
397: Why Did You Make This Decision?
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.
12/02/2020 • 1 hour 5 minutes 9 seconds
396: Full of Good Functions
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.
05/02/2020 • 57 minutes 36 seconds
395: We Have Unearthed a New Technology
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.
29/01/2020 • 54 minutes 59 seconds
394: Who Better Than Us?
One of our favorite brands, Retro 51, is closing up shop. What does that mean to us, and to the pen industry?
22/01/2020 • 1 hour 1 minute 36 seconds
393: Pen Transportation Safety
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.
15/01/2020 • 1 hour 18 seconds
392: Knocking Knock Twist Knock
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!
08/01/2020 • 53 minutes 11 seconds
391: This Sounds Great – I Have No Interest
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!
02/01/2020 • 1 hour 2 minutes 47 seconds
390: Why Do We Have This Question
It’s the last episode of 2019, so what better time to clear the #ASKTPA queue of all the questions!
18/12/2019 • 1 hour 11 minutes 20 seconds
389: I Like Lists
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!
11/12/2019 • 1 hour 14 minutes 58 seconds
388: Alligator 🐊
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?
04/12/2019 • 1 hour 1 minute 58 seconds
387: Costs Me Money Every Time - Holiday Gift Guide 2019
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.
27/11/2019 • 1 hour 36 minutes 13 seconds
386: Massive Massive Mistake
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.
20/11/2019 • 1 hour 12 minutes 33 seconds
385: Like Using a Crayon
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.
13/11/2019 • 57 minutes 25 seconds
384: Fountain Pen Daze
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.
06/11/2019 • 1 hour 17 minutes 36 seconds
383: Resoundingly Average
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.
30/10/2019 • 54 minutes 4 seconds
382: You May Have Missed Tokyo
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.
23/10/2019 • 1 hour 4 minutes 31 seconds
381: A Plumbing Theme
It’s Horror Story time once again, and boy, did the listeners deliver!
16/10/2019 • 47 minutes 2 seconds
380: A Little Bit of Extra
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.
09/10/2019 • 1 hour 4 minutes 18 seconds
379: Rainbow Sparkly
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?
02/10/2019 • 52 minutes 50 seconds
378: I Have a Whole System Around That
Brad puts Myke in the hot seat today around the Theme System Journal. Is it working for Brad? Does Myke pass out? Tune in to hear all about it!
25/09/2019 • 1 hour 10 minutes
377: Recreational Use
So much #asktpa, so little time. We make time this week to get through all of your questions. Plus, Brad gives Myke a task for a future episode.
18/09/2019 • 1 hour 7 minutes 15 seconds
376: The Best Worst Case Scenario
Brad and Myke are joined once again by Adina Hurley, this time to discuss the aftermath - and damage to the bank account - of the San Francisco Pen Show.
11/09/2019 • 1 hour 14 minutes 27 seconds
375: Nobody Tell Platinum
More like nobody tell Brad and Myke! The guys keep secrets from each other, and spill all the beans this week. Plus, they begin to catch up on #asktpa.
04/09/2019 • 1 hour 6 minutes 42 seconds
374: A Well-Appointed Recap
Brad and Myke are joined this week by Ana Reinert of the Well-Appointed Desk to recap the 2019 San Francisco Pen Show. They discuss all of the comings and goings from one of the highlight events of the show calendar, and dive into all of the things they brought home.
29/08/2019 • 55 minutes 19 seconds
373: Live from the San Francisco Pen Show 2019
Brad, Myke, and Ana are live from the San Francisco pen show, with special guests Hugh and Karol, from Kanilea Pen Co.
24/08/2019 • 1 hour 3 minutes 16 seconds
372: We Used To Budget
Brad and Myke are joined by a very special guest this week - a first-time pen show-goer, who picks our brains about the upcoming San Francisco Pen Show. Everybody please give a warm welcome to Adina Hurley!
14/08/2019 • 1 hour 20 minutes 8 seconds
371: Very Friendly Pens
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.
07/08/2019 • 1 hour 4 minutes 52 seconds
370: Second One on the Way
The Pen of Deceit arrived, and it is as good has Brad hoped. But, is it worth it? That is always the question when buying pens. We dig into that, D.C., SF, and Schon DSGN in this very on brand edition of the podcast.
31/07/2019 • 58 minutes 48 seconds
369: One Week Per Two Days
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.
24/07/2019 • 55 minutes 36 seconds
368: Pen of Deceit
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.
17/07/2019 • 1 hour 6 minutes 40 seconds
367: The Acquisition Phase
David Parker, aka Figboot on Pens, joins Brad this week to discuss creating fountain pen videos on YouTube. They talk about how David got started, what the video creation process is like, Brad’s favorite videos on the channel, and what exactly Figboot means.
10/07/2019 • 1 hour 13 minutes 38 seconds
366: A Beautifully Told Story
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?
03/07/2019 • 58 minutes 11 seconds
365: The Classic Flush
The one thing we never get tired of discussing on The Pen Addict Podcast is cool companies doing cool things. This show is packed with exactly that, with new releases from Blackwing, Lamy, and Kanilea to discuss, and many more.
26/06/2019 • 1 hour 14 minutes
364: Transitional Area of Doom
Brad is joined by Mike Matteson of Inkdependence to discuss everything in the stationery world. Literally everything. Plus, bags and backpacks!
19/06/2019 • 1 hour 26 minutes 3 seconds
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.
12/06/2019 • 1 hour 13 minutes 29 seconds
362: A Blueprint of the Nib Grind
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.
05/06/2019 • 1 hour 3 minutes 38 seconds
361: Full-Time NibSMITH
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.
29/05/2019 • 45 minutes 38 seconds
360: Cancelling is Not an Option
This is the Pen Addict Game of Thrones crossover you have all been waiting for. Well, everyone except Myke that is. We discuss television stationery controversies, Lamy Ballpoints, Kaweco nibs, and Spoke Pens in this wide-ranging episode of your favorite podcast.
22/05/2019 • 1 hour 9 minutes 22 seconds
359: Difficult Pickles
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.
15/05/2019 • 1 hour 8 minutes
358: Direct Vertical Upstroke
The 2019 Chicago Pen Show is in the books, and we have the friends to tell you all about it. Brad and Myke go over several show recaps that have already hit the internet, discuss Brad’s aggressive pen cleaning tactics, and ask why is there such a thing as a nib review?
08/05/2019 • 52 minutes 44 seconds
357: The Porsche of Moleskines
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 from one of the most prolific stationary users on the planet. We also discuss Myke’s very special Sailor, TWSBI Ink, and say Happy World Stationery Day to all!
01/05/2019 • 53 minutes 46 seconds
356: Busy Week in the Inbox
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.
24/04/2019 • 1 hour 12 minutes 57 seconds
355: Redlight Project
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?
17/04/2019 • 1 hour 2 minutes 28 seconds
354: As Legally and Safely as Possible
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.
10/04/2019 • 1 hour 27 seconds
353: Live from the Atlanta Pen Show 2019
Ana, Brad, and Myke are excited to be back at the Atlanta Pen show for their fifth year! Listen in as we discuss this year’s pen show, plus hear our interviews with our guests; Chris Rothe of Write Notepads, and Jessica Coles of Vintage Pen Shop.
07/04/2019 • 1 hour 21 minutes 24 seconds
352: Mandatory Cookout
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.
27/03/2019 • 1 hour 20 minutes 42 seconds
351: Hardest Question of all the Questions
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.
21/03/2019 • 1 hour 6 minutes 19 seconds
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!
13/03/2019 • 1 hour 21 minutes 15 seconds
349: Magic Graphite Stick
Brad is back from the Baltimore Pen Show with tales of joy. Snow couldn’t keep the fun away! We detail the event, plus dig into various Kickstarters and world travels.
06/03/2019 • 1 hour 4 minutes 7 seconds
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.
27/02/2019 • 1 hour 5 minutes
347: It's Only Pens
San Francisco here we come! We finally dropped the news for the 2019 Kickstarter campaign, and we are heading out west. Along with that big news, Brad rattles on about Sailor for way too long, and give his initial impressions of the Wancher Dream Pen.
20/02/2019 • 1 hour 4 minutes 16 seconds
346: The Platinum Platinum
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.
13/02/2019 • 1 hour 12 minutes 38 seconds
345: A Very Brad Dowdy Situation
We talk about Kickstarters this week, and not just the one Brad launched! Also, is a sterling silver Kaweco Sport in Myke’s future?
06/02/2019 • 1 hour 12 minutes 38 seconds
344: French Rule Territory
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.
30/01/2019 • 1 hour 5 minutes 9 seconds
343: Brown Reticle Blue Dots
If you could design your own paper layout, what would it look like? Myke has his own ideas in this fun and frolicking episode
24/01/2019 • 57 minutes 16 seconds
342: They Made It More Boring
I wasn’t sure it was possible, but they found a way. Who you ask? Tune in to find out!
16/01/2019 • 57 minutes 59 seconds
341: Get Your Own Shimmer
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.
09/01/2019 • 1 hour 12 minutes 8 seconds
340: It Seems Official
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?
02/01/2019 • 1 hour 4 minutes 25 seconds
339: Wub Wub Nib
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.
19/12/2018 • 1 hour 18 minutes 34 seconds
338: Container for Your Excess
Myke purchased his first Platinum 3776 and thoughts about it. A lot of thoughts. 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.
12/12/2018 • 1 hour 13 minutes 44 seconds
337: Pen Pin – Holiday Gift Guide 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.
05/12/2018 • 1 hour 29 minutes 43 seconds
336: That's When I Heard the Second Car
The long-overdue #ASKTPA and Pen Addict Horror Stories episode. You don’t want to miss this one.
28/11/2018 • 1 hour 9 minutes 58 seconds
335: A Very Peculiar Scale
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.
21/11/2018 • 1 hour 13 minutes 3 seconds
334: Yes, I Am a Tastemaker
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.
14/11/2018 • 1 hour 16 minutes 20 seconds
333: Top Five Pens 2018
Do you want to know what pens, pencils, paper, and inks are the best? Brad is here to tell you.
07/11/2018 • 1 hour 32 minutes 37 seconds
332: The Big Little Pen Show
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!
31/10/2018 • 1 hour 19 minutes 48 seconds
331: A Podcaster’s Grind
Road trip time! Ana, Brad, and Myke are headed to New York City and Toronto this week to wrap up the 2018 Pen Addict World Tour. Hear about our plans, and get ready for the ride!
24/10/2018 • 1 hour 12 minutes 6 seconds
330: This Pen Will Never Die
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.
17/10/2018 • 57 minutes 57 seconds
329: Electric Raspberry Blurple
The Podcasting Don is here, with an offer you can’t refuse. Like a concrete (boots?) pen for example. Or a Pink Robot, or some shiny inks. You know what, you can’t refuse any of it, and that’s why you are here!
10/10/2018 • 1 hour 3 minutes 22 seconds
328: The Longest Relationship I've Ever Had
Brad is back from Dallas with tales to tell. It was a great event! We also discuss more new Sailors, including a first look at the Key Lime 1911, and have a special request for our listeners.
03/10/2018 • 1 hour 1 minute 37 seconds
327: Japan Can Help You
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.
26/09/2018 • 56 minutes 27 seconds
326: Pen Addict and Pens Rule!
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.
19/09/2018 • 55 minutes 40 seconds
325: Sailor Museum Curator
It is known that we are big Sailor pen fans here, and Myke is laying the groundwork for his own personal Sailor Museum at home. I wonder if they will do a better job on their next anniversary lineup than Pilot has with their 100th?
12/09/2018 • 1 hour 3 minutes 12 seconds
324: The Enthusiasts
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.
05/09/2018 • 1 hour 2 minutes 39 seconds
323: Mother Cover
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.
29/08/2018 • 59 minutes 7 seconds
322: Burner Pen
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.
22/08/2018 • 1 hour 11 minutes 6 seconds
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.
15/08/2018 • 57 minutes 2 seconds
320: Terrible Advice about All Your Stationery Needs
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.
08/08/2018 • 59 minutes 54 seconds
319: I Triumphantly Return
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.
01/08/2018 • 1 hour 7 minutes 24 seconds
318: The Pen Thief
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? Listen in to find out how she got her start and what keeps her going.
25/07/2018 • 1 hour 19 minutes 4 seconds
317: Born With It
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.
18/07/2018 • 1 hour 4 minutes 33 seconds
316: Let's Build a Pen
All of your #ASKTPA questions, answered in one episode!
11/07/2018 • 55 minutes 26 seconds
315: This Orange Doesn't Exist
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.
04/07/2018 • 50 minutes 16 seconds
314: Everyone’s Favorite Game
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.
27/06/2018 • 56 minutes 25 seconds
313: The Ocean is in My Hand
Brad has the Sailor Pro Gear Ocean in hand, and is it as fabulous as he expected? Tune in to find out!
20/06/2018 • 59 minutes 52 seconds
312: Squidgy Marshmallow
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.
13/06/2018 • 1 hour 3 minutes 24 seconds
311: The Worst Possible Paper
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.
06/06/2018 • 1 hour 15 minutes 18 seconds
310: A Mini Reckoning
What does the future hold for the stationery industry? Brad and Myke look into their crystal balls, and inevitably get things wrong.
30/05/2018 • 57 minutes 17 seconds
309: Cool Your Boots Over There
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.
23/05/2018 • 1 hour 6 minutes 46 seconds
308: Full Metal Body
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.
16/05/2018 • 1 hour 53 seconds
307: Welcome To Two Months Ago
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!
09/05/2018 • 1 hour 6 minutes 57 seconds
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.
02/05/2018 • 57 minutes 55 seconds
305: I Believe in Standards
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.
25/04/2018 • 1 hour 8 minutes 19 seconds
304: I'm Out of Superlatives
Brad and Myke are back from Atlanta and recap the best show ever. At least until the next one!
18/04/2018 • 1 hour 6 minutes 36 seconds
303: Live from the Atlanta Pen Show 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.
15/04/2018 • 1 hour 3 minutes 13 seconds
302: BradDowdy Brad-Dowdy Edition
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!
04/04/2018 • 1 hour 4 minutes 36 seconds
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.
28/03/2018 • 1 hour 1 minute 43 seconds
300: A Podcast About Pens
300 episodes of a podcast about pens. Who would have thought it?
21/03/2018 • 1 hour 1 minute 25 seconds
299: Mail Time with Brad
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.
14/03/2018 • 1 hour 25 minutes 23 seconds
298: This Pen Show Has Character
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.
07/03/2018 • 1 hour 8 minutes 43 seconds
297: Who's the Fool Now Steve?
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.
28/02/2018 • 1 hour 15 minutes 4 seconds
296: Drop the Pagoda on Us
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.
21/02/2018 • 1 hour 21 minutes 10 seconds
295: Why is it Not Called Pen Pals?
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!
14/02/2018 • 1 hour 16 minutes 23 seconds
294: Not the Most Funded Anything
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!
07/02/2018 • 1 hour 24 minutes 31 seconds
293: Cut With a Hammer and Chisel
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.
31/01/2018 • 1 hour 7 minutes 13 seconds
292: Don't Learn Safety By Accident
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.
24/01/2018 • 1 hour 11 minutes 41 seconds
291: At Some Point a Pen Has to Get Involved
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.
17/01/2018 • 1 hour 16 minutes 5 seconds
290: Saskatchewan Has Always Been In My Heart
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.
10/01/2018 • 56 minutes 30 seconds
289: The Cousin is the Big Brother
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!
03/01/2018 • 1 hour 13 minutes 31 seconds
288: It's Called Chaos
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!
20/12/2017 • 1 hour 22 minutes 29 seconds
287: Internal Sparkle
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.
14/12/2017 • 54 minutes 57 seconds
286: A More Aggressive Swirl Pattern
Brad is the king of recency bias, so he fawns over the recent releases from TWSBI and Blackwing. We also discuss the Livescribe note taking system, the Pelikan Ocean Swirl, and pen buying moratoriums.
06/12/2017 • 1 hour 18 minutes 1 second
285: The Love Toaster
Two weeks and no talk makes for a big episode. Brad and Myke catch up on all the things, including a slew of follow up, timing a pen delivery in Las Vegas, and plenty of Field Notes news.
29/11/2017 • 1 hour 17 minutes 7 seconds
284: Weird and Wonderful Stuff - Holiday Gift Guide 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.
22/11/2017 • 1 hour 52 seconds
283: A Significant Business in Clever Pen Cases
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.
15/11/2017 • 1 hour 3 minutes 49 seconds
282: 100% Humidity Paper
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.
08/11/2017 • 53 minutes 57 seconds
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!
01/11/2017 • 1 hour 5 minutes 18 seconds
280: I Want Jim To Tell Me Bedtime Stories
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 is also a ton of new product discussion, including possible Pelikan price changes.
25/10/2017 • 59 minutes 59 seconds
279: Live at Field Notes HQ
Brad and Myke visit Field Notes HQ in Chicago and chat live with Jim Coudal and Bryan Bedell.
18/10/2017 • 1 hour 7 minutes 25 seconds
278: I Failed You, Myke
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 at Field Notes.
11/10/2017 • 1 hour 11 minutes 47 seconds
277: A Low Chance of Succeeding
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 in the previous 276 episodes combined.
04/10/2017 • 1 hour 8 minutes 46 seconds
276: I Bought Seven Nakayas
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.
27/09/2017 • 1 hour 1 minute 7 seconds
275: Field Notes X
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.
20/09/2017 • 1 hour 59 seconds
274: Treasures of the Earth
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.
14/09/2017 • 1 hour 2 minutes 49 seconds
273: Myke Hurley Appreciation Day
Myke is back from his world tour and we catch up on all the goings on in the pen, pencil, and Kickstarter world.
06/09/2017 • 1 hour 49 seconds
272: Waiting for an Intervention
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.
30/08/2017 • 58 minutes 8 seconds
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.
23/08/2017 • 1 hour 7 minutes 21 seconds
270: I Am A Lefty Over-Hooker
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. We also discuss what we currently have inked, pens for hiking the Appalachian Trail, and primary considerations when shopping for a new notebook.
15/08/2017 • 1 hour 12 minutes 13 seconds
269: We Sold Everything
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.
09/08/2017 • 49 minutes 14 seconds
268: Hot Breaking Footage
Brad and Myke record live from a hotel room at the 2017 DC Pen Supershow.
04/08/2017 • 1 hour 1 minute 20 seconds
267: Meet Me at the Bar
The DC Pen Show is almost here! Brad and Myke discuss show and travel prep, plus what’s on their respective shopping lists. Brad also professes his love for pocket pens.
26/07/2017 • 52 minutes 23 seconds
266: Sometimes Funny, Most of the Time Nonsense
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.
19/07/2017 • 57 minutes 3 seconds
265: I Know It All And I Can't Tell You
Brad has all the secrets this week and he can’t share. Not even with Myke!
12/07/2017 • 56 minutes 24 seconds
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.
05/07/2017 • 1 hour 2 minutes 20 seconds
263: Optimus Prime in My Pocket
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.
28/06/2017 • 1 hour 10 minutes 19 seconds
262: Why Do I Have a Hulk Fist?
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.
21/06/2017 • 1 hour 7 minutes 25 seconds
261: Prolonged Writing Comfort
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.
14/06/2017 • 1 hour 3 minutes 13 seconds
260: The Awakening
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.
07/06/2017 • 1 hour 7 minutes 45 seconds
259: Another Thing in a Long Line of Things
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.
31/05/2017 • 53 minutes 54 seconds
258: Kind of Not Interesting
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!
24/05/2017 • 57 minutes 51 seconds
257: I'm Not Gonna Do Homework
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.
17/05/2017 • 1 hour 13 minutes 31 seconds
256: Excellent Question
Brad and Myke are joined this week by Joey Cofone of Baron Fig to discuss, well, EVERYTHING!
10/05/2017 • 1 hour 15 minutes 23 seconds
255: Flipped My Toupee
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.
03/05/2017 • 1 hour 11 minutes 43 seconds
254: I Nearly Passed out, and You Started Crying
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!
26/04/2017 • 59 minutes 39 seconds
253: Live from the Atlanta Pen Show 2017
It's Atlanta Pen Show time!
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.
23/04/2017 • 1 hour 32 seconds
252: We All Know the Pencil Is Superior to the Pen
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, “The Pencil Perfect”.
13/04/2017 • 1 hour 27 minutes 21 seconds
251: That's Not a Colour
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.
05/04/2017 • 1 hour 1 minute 33 seconds
250: The Cool Kids Room
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.
29/03/2017 • 1 hour 24 minutes 30 seconds
249: An Astronomical Wallet Event
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.
22/03/2017 • 1 hour 9 minutes 19 seconds
248: We're Extraordinarily Particular
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.
15/03/2017 • 1 hour 18 minutes 38 seconds
247: My Optima Is in the Shoptima
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 an excellent new machined pen, pencil box subscriptions, and a big batch of reader mail.
08/03/2017 • 1 hour 8 minutes 36 seconds
246: Bursting at the Seams
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.
01/03/2017 • 1 hour 16 minutes 36 seconds
245: The Entire Thing is Orange
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.
22/02/2017 • 1 hour 4 minutes 30 seconds
244: Club Safari
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...
15/02/2017 • 1 hour 14 minutes 1 second
243: I Don't Really Know How I Found You
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!
08/02/2017 • 1 hour 5 minutes 27 seconds
242: The Hype Man
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.
01/02/2017 • 1 hour 21 minutes 37 seconds
241: Art Makes People Mad
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!
25/01/2017 • 1 hour 17 minutes 30 seconds
240: A Mythical Colorful Bird
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.
18/01/2017 • 1 hour 29 minutes 27 seconds
239: Previously Inksploded
We have a real grab bag of topics for you today, including new Akkerman Ink, Fantasy Vanishing Points, and Primary Manipulation.
11/01/2017 • 1 hour 8 minutes 47 seconds
238: P Goes to 80%
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.
04/01/2017 • 1 hour 8 minutes 52 seconds
237: Oh Myke! Noooo!
Do you have a stationery confession to make? You are among friends. Brad and Myke share their deepest darkest secrets.
28/12/2016 • 54 minutes 22 seconds
236: More Stuff Inside Your Stuff
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!
21/12/2016 • 58 minutes 46 seconds
235: Baby-Faced Assassin
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.
14/12/2016 • 1 hour 29 minutes 26 seconds
234: Temperamental Little Beast
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.
07/12/2016 • 1 hour 18 minutes 41 seconds
233: Andrifolio Candrinople
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.
30/11/2016 • 1 hour 13 minutes 52 seconds
232: That's Standard Desk
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!
23/11/2016 • 1 hour 17 minutes 3 seconds
231: Myke Didn't Make It - Holiday Gift Guide 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.
16/11/2016 • 1 hour 1 minute 54 seconds
230: The Cover Is Marbled
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.
10/11/2016 • 1 hour 1 minute 35 seconds
229: The Most Nervous Pen Repair of All Time
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.
02/11/2016 • 1 hour 1 minute 31 seconds
228: Hashtag Snail Mail
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!
26/10/2016 • 52 minutes 45 seconds
227: Myke Was Indeed Right
We must admit, Myke is right a lot, but he has never been more excited to be as right as he was this week.
19/10/2016 • 1 hour 6 minutes 40 seconds
226: The Girl with the Glitter Pens
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.
12/10/2016 • 46 minutes 30 seconds
225: Field Notes Kremlinology
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.
05/10/2016 • 1 hour 3 minutes 52 seconds
224: My Ink Smells
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.
28/09/2016 • 1 hour 11 minutes 12 seconds
223: You Need Top-Zip
Nock Co. launched a big Kickstarter for a big bag and Brad and Myke are here to discuss all of the details.
21/09/2016 • 1 hour 33 minutes 54 seconds
222: Keep the Dream Alive
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.
13/09/2016 • 53 minutes 7 seconds
221: Thank You?
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.
07/09/2016 • 57 minutes 10 seconds
220: Not That I'm Rugged
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.
31/08/2016 • 57 minutes 1 second
219: My Box of Goodies
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.
24/08/2016 • 1 hour 48 seconds
218: None of My Pens Have Suitable Ink
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.
17/08/2016 • 59 minutes 24 seconds
217: Complete Systems Failure
Brad is back from DC and shares all the tales of wonder from the biggest pen show on the planet. He also bought stuff.
10/08/2016 • 59 minutes 13 seconds
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.
03/08/2016 • 1 hour 15 minutes 9 seconds
215: Maximum Peak Weirdness
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.
27/07/2016 • 1 hour 7 minutes 56 seconds
214: The Garish Quota
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.
20/07/2016 • 1 hour 9 minutes 49 seconds
213: The Myke Hurley Signature Pen
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.
13/07/2016 • 1 hour 4 minutes 27 seconds
212: Captain Orange Beard
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.
06/07/2016 • 47 minutes 51 seconds
211: Running Out Of Coal
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.
29/06/2016 • 1 hour 11 minutes 36 seconds
210: Tiny Tiny Pocket Tornado
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!
22/06/2016 • 1 hour 8 minutes 54 seconds
209: There's Not Enough Pink Pens
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. We also share details of an awesome new podcast from one of our friends, Nock news, and when there will be a Top 5 Pens update.
15/06/2016 • 55 minutes 29 seconds
208: The Queen’s Filofax
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.
08/06/2016 • 51 minutes 38 seconds
207: The Right Person Was Me
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.
01/06/2016 • 1 hour 13 minutes 30 seconds
206: Put Myself On That Google Map
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.
25/05/2016 • 53 minutes 48 seconds
205: Recreational Grade Titanium
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.
18/05/2016 • 55 minutes 47 seconds
204: Notebooks Filled with Garbage
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!
11/05/2016 • 1 hour 16 minutes 15 seconds
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.
04/05/2016 • 51 minutes 46 seconds
202: We Ship On Time
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. And don’t forget to let Brad know what classic pens need to be revisited!
27/04/2016 • 52 minutes 40 seconds
201: Sky at Night
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.
20/04/2016 • 50 minutes 7 seconds
200: Episode 200, Live from the Atlanta Pen Show 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.
17/04/2016 • 1 hour 11 minutes 22 seconds
199: It's Almost Like You're a Professional
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?
06/04/2016 • 1 hour 14 minutes 31 seconds
198: Plen Replair Place
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!
30/03/2016 • 51 minutes 5 seconds
197: Secret Society of Enablers
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.
22/03/2016 • 1 hour 28 minutes 10 seconds
196: You Replace Your Carpet
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. They also dig into the news of week which includes a look at a new Parker and a couple of Retro 51’s.
16/03/2016 • 55 minutes 29 seconds
195: I'm Flexible
The Scribble Pen has risen from the dead for what - the 10th time now? We give that product the amount of time it deserves, which is to say very little. We also dig into Brad’s newest pens from Namisu and Edison, and dig into entry level vintage fountain pens and why you should love them.
09/03/2016 • 1 hour 8 minutes 12 seconds
194: Forged by Pure Evil
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!!!
24/02/2016 • 1 hour 5 minutes 34 seconds
193: Captain Happy Pants
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.
17/02/2016 • 1 hour 4 minutes 56 seconds
192: Chicken Scratch and Batman Doodles
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 of what will be a great event.
10/02/2016 • 56 minutes 52 seconds
191: Tahitian Black Lip Oyster
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. And yes, we talk about ink tasting.
05/02/2016 • 1 hour 19 minutes 34 seconds
190: The Pilly Phen Show
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.
27/01/2016 • 1 hour 18 minutes 29 seconds
189: OG Colorer
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.
20/01/2016 • 59 minutes 18 seconds
188: We Just Effin Love Art Supplies
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!
13/01/2016 • 56 minutes 21 seconds
187: Members Only Fishing Vests
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, steel nibs, and a New Year’s Eve story you don’t want to miss.
06/01/2016 • 1 hour 1 minute 12 seconds
186: Happy Penmas Everyone!
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.
23/12/2015 • 1 hour 4 minutes 39 seconds
185: Don't Make Me Cry Again
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.
14/12/2015 • 1 hour 18 minutes 9 seconds
184: An Assortment of Weird Pencils
Can Myke be turned into a full-fledged wooden pencil addict? A trip to CW Pencils will do that to just about anyone, and Myke has caught the bug. We talk about his trip to NYC, interesting Field Notes, Apple Pencil hacks, and Myke’s one-time love for Moleskine.
07/12/2015 • 1 hour 16 minutes 32 seconds
183: OMG Star Wars
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.
30/11/2015 • 1 hour 9 minutes 36 seconds
182: Spend Even More Than Usual - Holiday Gift Guide 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.
23/11/2015 • 1 hour 1 minute 15 seconds
181: Scribble Part XXXVIII
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, and our old friend the Scribble Pen. Brad also discusses two of the latest fountain pens to cross his desk.
16/11/2015 • 1 hour 7 minutes 12 seconds
180: It Does Notebook Things
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.
09/11/2015 • 1 hour 1 minute 21 seconds
179: Super Traditional Camo Pattern
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.
03/11/2015 • 1 hour 15 minutes 39 seconds
178: Big Dan Episode
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.
26/10/2015 • 1 hour 11 minutes 13 seconds
177: The Pen Type Brad
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.
19/10/2015 • 1 hour 2 minutes 40 seconds
176: Swip and Swap
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.
13/10/2015 • 1 hour 11 minutes 56 seconds
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.
05/10/2015 • 1 hour 1 minute 33 seconds
174: Safety Glasses are Critical
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. Chris also lets us in on his latest design and what lies ahead.
28/09/2015 • 45 minutes 34 seconds
173: Just Colo(u)ring
Myke is back from Portland and XOXO Fest and has Field notes in hand! We talk about the beautiful edition printed for the 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, so listen up!
21/09/2015 • 1 hour 7 minutes 29 seconds
172: Writing on a Banana Skin
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.
14/09/2015 • 52 minutes 33 seconds
171: They Make Me Cross
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.
07/09/2015 • 54 minutes 37 seconds
170: Mykeanical Pencils
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.
31/08/2015 • 51 minutes 54 seconds
169: Kissy Face Bear
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. They also squeeze in several #asktpa questions at the end so keep them coming!
24/08/2015 • 57 minutes 15 seconds
168: Big Green Hulk Hands
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.
17/08/2015 • 1 hour 12 minutes 30 seconds
167: Fishing Vests are Super Important
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.
10/08/2015 • 1 hour 10 minutes 36 seconds
166: Too Many Brians
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 of ground. This one is a must listen.
03/08/2015 • 1 hour 23 minutes 14 seconds
165: What Kind of Show Are You Running Here?
Sometimes the lack of planning leads to a great show. 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.
27/07/2015 • 1 hour 11 minutes 42 seconds
164: Special Place in my Heart
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.
20/07/2015 • 1 hour 5 minutes 30 seconds
163: I'm Just Wasting Ink Here
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.
13/07/2015 • 1 hour 3 minutes 10 seconds
162: Watching Ink Dry
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. Discussion also focuses on Ed’s current loadout and favorite everyday inks, plus Brad’s recap of the week in pen news.
06/07/2015 • 59 minutes 42 seconds
161: No Micarta For You
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. They also talk about Brad’s recent appearance in Mental Floss magazine, a Retro 51 Lift Off, and the latest from TWSBI.
29/06/2015 • 1 hour 5 minutes 57 seconds
160: Let's Keep Being Addicts
Wow, did the guys kick the hornet's nest last week with their Moleskine discussion! Brad and Myke add some clarification to that 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.
22/06/2015 • 1 hour 56 seconds
159: A Woodpecker Ate My Pencil
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.
15/06/2015 • 1 hour 6 minutes 2 seconds
158: The Topic of Stuff
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?
*Once again, really sorry about the static sound at some points in this week's episode. We are going to be replacing some equipment to fix it for next time.*
08/06/2015 • 57 minutes 44 seconds
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. Tweet using #AskTPA so they can track all our your questions, to answer on future episodes.
01/06/2015 • 53 minutes 56 seconds
156: Point Your Pen At The Yellow Banana
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.
*Apologies for any irregularities in the audio this week, we had some technical difficulties*
28/05/2015 • 52 minutes 50 seconds
155: Sealed and Labeled for Archiving
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!
21/05/2015 • 54 minutes 30 seconds
154: Extra Extra Extra Extra Extra Fine
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.
11/05/2015 • 1 hour 6 minutes 5 seconds
153: Nuclear Fallout Green
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.
04/05/2015 • 54 minutes 55 seconds
152: A Hot Mess of a Pencil
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.
27/04/2015 • 1 hour 23 seconds
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 the order of the day, with a special guest pen appearance at the end of the show.
23/04/2015 • 1 hour 11 minutes 14 seconds
150: Live from the Atlanta Pen Show
Brad and Myke are joined by Ana for the 150th episode of The Pen Addict, live and in-person at the Atlanta Pen Show!
18/04/2015 • 1 hour 15 minutes 19 seconds
149: We Have a Drone
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.
06/04/2015 • 58 minutes 18 seconds
148: Like an Internet Radio Show
Brad, Myke, and special guest Ana Reinert talk all things Atlanta Pen Show. They are beyond excited about this event! Will you be there?
30/03/2015 • 47 minutes 49 seconds
147: I Can't Get it Out of My Head
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.
25/03/2015 • 55 minutes 27 seconds
146: No Brand Quality Goods
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.
16/03/2015 • 1 hour 4 minutes 15 seconds
145: Pens Have Feelings
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.
10/03/2015 • 57 minutes 26 seconds
144: Found it!
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.
02/03/2015 • 1 hour 5 minutes 48 seconds
143: Horse Head in Myke's Bed
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.
23/02/2015 • 52 minutes 8 seconds
142: Agents Of Orange
Brad and Myke catch you up on all the pen and ink goings on over the last few weeks, including the quest for the orange Vanishing Point, which has unfortunately been solved. They also discuss how Brad is wrong about Myke's favorite orange ink, lost pens, cursive handwriting, and amazing follow up from the Visionnaire eBayer.
16/02/2015 • 59 minutes 54 seconds
141: Shiny Happy People
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 been a Bigfoot sighting!
09/02/2015 • 55 minutes 20 seconds
140: All Follow Up Extravaganza
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 discussion with all the feedback from episode #137. There is even a Visionnaire mention!
02/02/2015 • 1 hour 4 minutes 26 seconds
139: This is Gonna Be a Party
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!
26/01/2015 • 47 minutes 43 seconds
138: We All Want a Lightsaber
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?
19/01/2015 • 1 hour 8 minutes 33 seconds
137: Notebook Emergency
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 again with an old pen and read some amazing reader mail.
12/01/2015 • 56 minutes 30 seconds
136: Have You Seen This Pen?
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.
After patching things up, the guys also share stationery resolutions for 2015 and dig into how you can work on improving your handwriting.
05/01/2015 • 1 hour 3 minutes 54 seconds
135: Shake it Like a Paint Pen
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 polarizing products.
29/12/2014 • 58 minutes 20 seconds
134: It's a Gateway Edition
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?
22/12/2014 • 1 hour 1 minute 44 seconds
133: A Banana Explosion
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.
15/12/2014 • 1 hour 2 minutes 48 seconds
132: Happy Fun Time
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 penspotting in public. Then, the Esterbrook hammer drops.
08/12/2014 • 1 hour 4 minutes 54 seconds
131: Not The Abbreviated Version
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. It's a great conversation!
02/12/2014 • 1 hour 29 minutes 51 seconds
130: Stop Spending My Money - Holiday Gift Guide 2014
Brad and Myke are joined by Ana Reinert from The Well-Appointed Desk in what has become an annual tradition: The 2014 Pen Addict Holiday Gift Guide. Together, they run the gamut of goods for you and all your stationery friends. Your wallets have been warned!
24/11/2014 • 1 hour 11 minutes 16 seconds
129: The Ugly Sweater Pen
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, from getting a project launched to creator pitfalls, to what backers should look for in a good project. Plus new Field Notes!
17/11/2014 • 1 hour 27 minutes 45 seconds
128: Backer Number Three
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 very special editions. The guys also cover tons of new products from TWSBI, Esterbrook, Diamine, and more, plus talk about swapping nibs in and out of the INK.
10/11/2014 • 1 hour 1 minute 38 seconds
127: My Idea Dock is Sideways
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 out loud about reworking the Top 5 Pens list.
03/11/2014 • 1 hour 11 minutes 51 seconds
126: Doing Water Blaugh
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.
27/10/2014 • 1 hour 12 minutes 40 seconds
125: Made by a Guy Named Brian
In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Mike Dudek from The Clicky Post and Dudek Modern Goods. 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 amazing new custom pen and the arrival of the Karas Kustom INK.
20/10/2014 • 1 hour 5 minutes 29 seconds
124: I Do Speak Fluent German
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.
13/10/2014 • 53 minutes 37 seconds
123: He'll Always Be Huckleberry to Me
In this episode of The Pen Addict Brad and Myke welcome Scott Fuller from The Studio Temporary to talk all things design. If you listen to this show you’re sure to have run across one of Scott's great designs in your online travels. The guys also talk about a new pencil project on Kickstarter and make fun of Brad’s former life when he disliked fountain pens.
06/10/2014 • 58 minutes 20 seconds
122: It Physically Hurts My Head
Is this an episode of The Pen Addict or an episode of Analog(ue)? 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.
29/09/2014 • 1 hour 7 minutes 34 seconds
121: Strange Ordering Processes
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.
22/09/2014 • 1 hour 17 minutes 34 seconds
120: Behind The Nib
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.
15/09/2014 • 1 hour 3 minutes 9 seconds
119: Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy
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.
08/09/2014 • 1 hour 9 minutes 31 seconds
118: CGI Hand
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 locate Myke's lost fountain pen, talk about the new Hobonichi 2015 lineup, and bang on our favorite whipping boy, the Scribble Pen.
02/09/2014 • 56 minutes 54 seconds
117: We're a Perfect Pairing
In this episode of The Pen Addict Podcast 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 our good friends at Scribble Pen. We then dig into perfect pairings - what pen and paper combo is your favorite?
29/08/2014 • 51 minutes 56 seconds
116: Scribbled Out
Welcome to the new home of The Pen Addict Podcast on Relay FM! 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!
18/08/2014 • 1 hour 26 minutes 5 seconds
115: The Panic Addict
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, and works on his Japanese.
15/07/2014 • 57 minutes 26 seconds
114: Butchering The Orange
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 Field Notes Butcher Orange Colors Edition!!!
08/07/2014 • 51 minutes 7 seconds
113: The Pen Whisperer
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 questions.
01/07/2014 • 1 hour 4 minutes 18 seconds
112: Take Out The Trash
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!
23/06/2014 • 51 minutes 43 seconds
111: A Podcast Divided
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 information around the Scribble Pen.
17/06/2014 • 1 hour 8 minutes 53 seconds
110: Gauntlet Down
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 ink changes, Brad's introduction into the world of the Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter, and, of course, the Summer 2014 Field Notes release.
12/06/2014 • 1 hour 8 minutes 26 seconds
109: I Have Colors!
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 some old favorites. Thanks for filling in Ana!
04/06/2014 • 1 hour 22 minutes 14 seconds
108: The Worst Pen Review Of All Time
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!
29/05/2014 • 49 minutes 50 seconds
107: Getting Crunk With Myke
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 then get into Glossary Version Two and lay the groundwork for future discussions.
19/05/2014 • 47 minutes 2 seconds
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 pens everywhere they go!
13/05/2014 • 42 minutes 39 seconds
105: The Kimono Is My Roll-Stopper
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.
08/05/2014 • 1 hour 1 minute 37 seconds
104: Hate That Dude
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. The worst pens Brad has ever reviewed are also discussed. Let's make people mad!
01/05/2014 • 1 hour 1 minute 9 seconds
103: Twitter Q&A
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!
22/04/2014 • 1 hour 5 minutes 44 seconds
102: Shopping Brad and Business Brad
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, talking about the pens he bought, and, more importantly, the people he met.
17/04/2014 • 54 minutes 29 seconds
101: Lots of Brad's Face
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. With the experience of two previous shows under his belt this one looks to be a doozy.
08/04/2014 • 45 minutes 24 seconds
100: Episode 100
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.
02/04/2014 • 1 hour 7 minutes 6 seconds
99: To The Tippy-Top
Oh boy. Brad is causing problems between him and Myke in this episode. Is this the end of the show as we know it?
25/03/2014 • 48 minutes
98: Space Credits
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 the new Retro 51 Tornado Touch.
19/03/2014 • 1 hour 4 minutes 8 seconds
97: I Don't Want My Pens To Touch!
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 about the creation of his Edison Menlo.
11/03/2014 • 55 minutes 38 seconds
96: I’m Attached To Pencils
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 favorites. Is there a Pencil Addict podcast in the making?
05/03/2014 • 1 hour 6 minutes 44 seconds
95: Fabber Castle
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 addiction creeping into Brad's arsenal.
26/02/2014 • 47 minutes 13 seconds
94: The Pen Ambassador
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 the great big pen world.
19/02/2014 • 49 minutes 23 seconds
93: Never Say Never
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 Co. update and a sneak preview of a new product collaboration available soon.
12/02/2014 • 1 hour 5 minutes 41 seconds
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 market and my new fountain pen ink problem.
07/02/2014 • 51 minutes 30 seconds
91: Are They Even Pen Addicts?
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 wallet this week for a new pen from the Far East, and the guys pick out their pen murder weapon of choice.
29/01/2014 • 50 minutes 36 seconds
90: The Perfect Pen For Now
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 reviews, including the Tactile Turn Mover.
21/01/2014 • 52 minutes 1 second
89: I'm The Best At The Worst
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 help someone find the perfect pen.
15/01/2014 • 59 minutes 30 seconds
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!
08/01/2014 • 1 hour 5 minutes 1 second
87: Putting A Pen Out To Pasture
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 differently than other editions and, sadly, when it is time to retire a pen from daily use.
31/12/2013 • 42 minutes 54 seconds
86: We Have Bingo!
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 by storm - Pen Addict Bingo!
23/12/2013 • 57 minutes 13 seconds
85: Getting Ink With Dan Bishop
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 talks about a very interesting iPad/notebook case that found its way to his doorstep.
17/12/2013 • 1 hour 3 minutes 56 seconds
84: Pen Blogging With Ed Jelley
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-limited edition Field Notes release.
10/12/2013 • 1 hour 11 minutes 7 seconds
83: Something, Something Field Notes
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.
05/12/2013 • 56 minutes 42 seconds
82: Challenge Accepted
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 projects that should be on your radar.
26/11/2013 • 41 minutes 52 seconds
81: You Stole My Wish List Item! - Gift Guide 2013
In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by the wonderful Ana Reinert from The Well-Appointed Desk. The three of us discuss all of our gift ideas for the upcoming holidays and also let the listeners know what is on our personal wish lists.
19/11/2013 • 1 hour 13 minutes 43 seconds
80: It's A Scandal
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 shops and two worthwhile causes that need your attention.
12/11/2013 • 57 minutes 54 seconds
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 been on the listeners minds.
05/11/2013 • 51 minutes 12 seconds
78: Roll Your Sleeves Up, Dowdy
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 bolts of fulfillment and what the future holds for the company.
29/10/2013 • 46 minutes 7 seconds
77: I'm A Lost Cause
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 were answered!
24/10/2013 • 1 hour 1 minute 33 seconds
76: It Has Two Nibs
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 pen ink Top 5.
15/10/2013 • 56 minutes 19 seconds
75: Nerdiness In Its Purest Form
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 faster.
08/10/2013 • 50 minutes 39 seconds
74: Why Can't You Do This
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 the nerves that come along with it.
01/10/2013 • 1 hour 2 minutes 12 seconds
73: Polar Beer
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 booming pen project on Kickstarter and a very magical pen picture that showed up on Twitter.
26/09/2013 • 58 minutes 24 seconds
72: It’s A Shame You Picked The Wrong Pen
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 a Field Notes spreadsheet to end all spreadsheets.
17/09/2013 • 1 hour 1 minute 46 seconds
71: Sharpening Rainbows
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, and how to handle a faulty pen.
14/09/2013 • 1 hour 6 minutes 3 seconds
70: Bullet Journal Time
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 follow-up on the back end of the show on a few hot topics of the week.
03/09/2013 • 1 hour 46 seconds
69: Give ‘em Hell Bryan Bedell!
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 everything just right. We also have fun talking about the collectibility aspect of the brand and our favorite and least favorite editions.
27/08/2013 • 53 minutes 37 seconds
68: It Is Tuesday And We Are Listening
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 unveil Brad's new pen case project with Nock Co.
20/08/2013 • 50 minutes 12 seconds
67: I’m A Fashion Maven
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 how well we have stuck to our stationery resolutions for 2013.
13/08/2013 • 46 minutes 34 seconds
66: Epically Trolled
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 around his current fountain pen load out.
06/08/2013 • 45 minutes 36 seconds
65: CSI Pen-Town
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 blog came to be, the challenges of owning an expensive pen, his favorites, and some of the great resources available at his site.
30/07/2013 • 1 hour 9 minutes
64: Johnny Anypen
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.
23/07/2013 • 1 hour 8 minutes 37 seconds
63: Electric Shock Treatment
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 the big box retail experience.
16/07/2013 • 42 minutes 52 seconds
62: Lefty Apologist
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.
08/07/2013 • 1 hour 4 minutes 13 seconds
61: Welcome To Dan Land
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 brain.
02/07/2013 • 1 hour 5 minutes 17 seconds
60: You Are One Of Us
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.
25/06/2013 • 50 minutes 27 seconds
59: I’ve Never Been So Excited About A Black Staple
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.
18/06/2013 • 59 minutes 24 seconds
58: Dont Tell The Other Listeners
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.
11/06/2013 • 42 minutes 21 seconds
57: There’s A Rectangular Hole
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.
04/06/2013 • 49 minutes 7 seconds
56: Them’s Fightin’ Words
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 interesting new pen from Cross.
28/05/2013 • 50 minutes 18 seconds
55: I'm Officially Jealous
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 Myke drop the bombshell about the newest pen in his collection...
21/05/2013 • 52 minutes 36 seconds
54: The Chair Of The Desk
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.
14/05/2013 • 50 minutes 42 seconds
"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.
07/05/2013 • 1 hour 13 minutes 41 seconds
52: It's A Gateway Pen So Be Careful
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, and wraps up with one of his patented rants.
30/04/2013 • 1 hour 1 minute 9 seconds
51: The Things That People Love The Most Are Wrong
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 into the usage and management of their fountain pen collections.
23/04/2013 • 42 minutes 35 seconds
50: Investigative Pen Journalism
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.
16/04/2013 • 1 hour 7 minutes 28 seconds
49: A Sailor Is At The Top Of My Wish List
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 Atlanta Pen Show.
09/04/2013 • 1 hour 2 minutes 32 seconds
48: Ooh, You Said A Bad Word
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.
02/04/2013 • 48 minutes 16 seconds
47: Dan Bishop from Karas Kustoms
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 goes on behind the scenes in the manufacturing process. Thank you Dan for joining us!
26/03/2013 • 43 minutes 46 seconds
46: The Trifecta
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.
19/03/2013 • 36 minutes 32 seconds
45: Turning Japanese
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!
11/03/2013 • 55 minutes 24 seconds
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 websites. Myke also discusses the results of his search for a new, fast-drying fountain pen ink.
07/03/2013 • 48 minutes 8 seconds
43: Adding To Cart Now
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.
26/02/2013 • 54 minutes 58 seconds
42: Short Attention Span Theatre
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.
19/02/2013 • 1 hour 6 minutes 23 seconds
41: I Liken It To Unicorn Poop
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.
06/02/2013 • 39 minutes 46 seconds
40: It Was Very Troubling To Me
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.
29/01/2013 • 37 minutes 45 seconds
39: We Are The Normal Ones
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 do and think about are very, very normal amongst other addicts like ourselves.
24/01/2013 • 46 minutes 38 seconds
38: Playing The Role Of My Mother
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.
15/01/2013 • 52 minutes 35 seconds
37: Off The Deep End
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.
08/01/2013 • 50 minutes 12 seconds
36: Would You Like To Try A Sample?
In this episode Myke and Brad discuss their stationery resolutions for the new year. Things are going to get inky in 2013!
03/01/2013 • 38 minutes 56 seconds
35: Scratched Off The List
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 mind on US pen companies.
27/12/2012 • 48 minutes 28 seconds
34: I Like European Broads
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?
18/12/2012 • 54 minutes 49 seconds
33: Field Notes Fascination
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.
11/12/2012 • 27 minutes 39 seconds
32: Truly Disappointed
In this episode Myke and Brad discuss some of their most disappointing pen and paper purchases.
04/12/2012 • 33 minutes 4 seconds
31: Holiday Gift Guide
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.
27/11/2012 • 36 minutes 47 seconds
30: Inks On A Plane
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.
20/11/2012 • 34 minutes 49 seconds
29: We Were On A Break!!!
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!
13/11/2012 • 45 minutes 20 seconds
28: Nothing Rhymes With Orange
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.
23/08/2012 • 38 minutes 35 seconds
27: I Need To Take A Shower
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.
16/08/2012 • 33 minutes 46 seconds
26: It's Got Little Curves To It
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 of his favorite pens and why they work for him.
09/08/2012 • 33 minutes 11 seconds
25: The Pen Is Mightier Than The Club
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.
02/08/2012 • 42 minutes 56 seconds
24: Storage Wars
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 EF nib unit.
24/07/2012 • 34 minutes 57 seconds
23: That's How An Addict Thinks
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.
19/07/2012 • 42 minutes 52 seconds
22: It's The Hole Up There
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.
12/07/2012 • 42 minutes 50 seconds
21: The Pens That Shall Not be Named
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.
05/07/2012 • 39 minutes 48 seconds
20: Myke's Top 5 Pens
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.
21/06/2012 • 35 minutes 47 seconds
19: Brad's Top 5 Pens
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.
21/06/2012 • 38 minutes 2 seconds
18: Breaking The Bank
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.
14/06/2012 • 45 minutes 5 seconds
17: Sketchnoting With Mike Rohde
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 talks about his upcoming book "The Sketchnote Handbook".
07/06/2012 • 46 minutes 50 seconds
16: Kickstart My Heart
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?
31/05/2012 • 45 minutes 15 seconds
15: Casing the Joint
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.
24/05/2012 • 41 minutes 58 seconds
14: Vanished in Customs
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.
17/05/2012 • 37 minutes 37 seconds
13: The Back to Work Kit
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.
10/05/2012 • 43 minutes 15 seconds
12: Houston, We Have A Fountain Pen Problem
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.
03/05/2012 • 35 minutes 55 seconds
11: Analog vs Digital
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!
24/04/2012 • 31 minutes 15 seconds
10: The Major Haul
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.
18/04/2012 • 38 minutes 40 seconds
9: Get The Lead Out
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.
12/04/2012 • 45 minutes 30 seconds
8: Retro Style
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.
05/04/2012 • 31 minutes 4 seconds
7: Not Your Grandfather's Fountain Pen
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.
29/03/2012 • 34 minutes 41 seconds
6: Multi-Pen, Multi-Tasking
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.
22/03/2012 • 36 minutes 23 seconds
5: The Daily Carry
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.
08/03/2012 • 28 minutes 13 seconds
4: Paper Chase
In this episode of the The Pen Addict, Myke delves deeper into his habit with two new purchas