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The Pen Addict is a weekly fix for all things stationery. Pens, pencils, paper, ink – you name it, and Brad Dowdy and Myke Hurley are into it. Join as they geek out over the analog tools they love so dearly. Hosted by Brad Dowdy and Myke Hurley.

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Farewell

February 22nd, 2024

0:39

An important message from RadioPublic

603: Do Not Attribute to Malice That Which Could Be Attributed to Other People Not Caring as Much as You Do About That One Hyper Specific Thing

February 21st, 2024

50:22

But is it really Dark Lilac? Brad and Myke try to sort out what Lamy is up to, which is a sisyphean task. That doesn’t stop them, nor does it stop Brad from a temporary Sailor moratorium lifting. The Ninja’s did it!

602: Am I Seeing What I Think I'm Seeing?

February 13th, 2024

1:01:35

Myke and his face computer are back behind the mic this week, with travel updates from both he and Brad. They also catch up on Brad’s Kickstarter backings, Lamy Safari SE release dates, and an interesting release from …

601: Figboot Battle Royale

February 7th, 2024

1:03:47

Brad is joined this week by David Parker, better known in the stationery world as Figboot on Pens. It’s been over four years since he last joined the show, so we had a lot to catch up on, including his next fountain pen …

600: You're Stuck With Us

January 30th, 2024

1:27:00

You’ve made it this far, and it still feels like the beginning. That’s a good place to be! Brad and Myke reminisce about the past, and look into the future in this week’s episode.

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599: When Clip Why Clip Where Clip

January 24th, 2024

1:03:46

Brad and Myke are filled with Orange Delight about AI in the analog space. We discuss that, plus take a look at several new stationary Kickstarters that recently launched.

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598: Big Pen + Big Nib = Big Price

January 17th, 2024

57:03

What are we using? What is Brad buying? Are you keeping up with your Burn Book? We answer all of these questions in this week’s episode.

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597: All I Can Think About Is Vibe

January 10th, 2024

53:31

The new year brings new product teases, and we got hints about one of our favorites this week. Brad is excited about the upcoming Lamy Safari, a new Retro 51, and gives his initial thoughts on the just released Studio …

596: Frixion Dots

January 3rd, 2024

59:16

New year, new Theme! Myke and Brad discuss their themes for 2024, and it will come as no surprise that it involves a lot of stationery.

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595: I Have My Junior Ranger Stamp

December 20th, 2023

1:08:24

Myke is back from … college? Yes, Myke was expanding his brainpower last week, but most importantly, he had to go school supply shopping. That’s the …

594: My Bank Account Is Sick

December 13th, 2023

1:22:00

Brad is joined this week by Arielle Fragassi, aka ToastyTreat to discuss her recent trip to Japan. There was food, friends, and fun, but most importantly, there was stationery. Time to plan a trip!

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593: You know, Wisky

December 5th, 2023

52:01

It’s the Battle of the Abs this week! No, not Brad and Myke, but between our good friends at Montegrappa and Graf von Faber Castell. They also discuss Wisky, a possible rename of the Pilot Explorer, and Brad stationery …

592: Holiday Gift Guide 2023

November 29th, 2023

1:15:53

Brad is joined by Ana Reinert from The Well-Appointed Desk to help out with all of your holiday stationery needs. Or maybe they just shop for …

591: I'm Thankful for Ballpoint Pens

November 22nd, 2023

58:47

It’s Thanksgiving week in the US, and Brad wonders “What stationary are we thankful for?” He and Myke discuss that, why there aren’t more interesting …

590: Writing With the Theme of Writing

November 15th, 2023

1:03:13

The Uni Kuru Toga Dive is launching a new color. Will you be able to get one? One can only hope! Brad also brings up a new-to-him pen, which Myke …

589: 1 2 3 4 Inks

November 8th, 2023

51:08

Brad is back from Fountain Pen Day at Atlas Stationers, and, to the shock of no one, has a lot to discuss.

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588: Thick Paper Means Fountain Pens Work

November 1st, 2023

1:02:05

It’s Horror Story time! Did Brad have a nightmare with Platinum Chou Kuro? He goes over his latest review, and gets ready for Fountain Pen Day.

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587: I’m Not in a Month Long Meeting

October 25th, 2023

53:52

How many different notebooks do you use in a single day? Brad dissects some interesting poll results, creates a business meeting stationary kit, and …

586: Only 19,996 to Go

October 18th, 2023

49:34

The Business Boys are back at it this week, with updates from both Brad and Myke on what they are working on. They also tackle a stationary thought …

585: No, Not That One

October 11th, 2023

52:40

The London Pen Show this past weekend was epic, and neither Brad or Myke were there to witness it. Myke has already added the next show in the Spring to his calendar. Brad also discusses pen cleaning, and gives a Top …

584: That Tube Needs a Home

October 4th, 2023

59:32

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 …

583: The Soft Stuff

September 27th, 2023

1:05:49

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 …

582: Fried Egg Jellyfish

September 20th, 2023

47:27

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!

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581: A Wand, a Skull, and Two Octopuses

September 13th, 2023

50:35

Brad is back from Orlando, but did he even go to the pen show? Apparently yes, but he returned with an unexpected haul.

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580: You're Going to Regret All of This

September 6th, 2023

53:45

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 …

579: You Should Not Buy This Nib

August 30th, 2023

1:01:15

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. …

578: Business Crush It Vibes

August 23rd, 2023

1:01:22

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.

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577: They’re Generally Covered in Ink

August 16th, 2023

1:00:23

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.

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576: We Had Ourselves a Trip

August 9th, 2023

50:40

Brad is back from the Washington D.C. Fountain Pen SUPERSHOW, and has tales to tell.

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575: SUPERSHOW

August 2nd, 2023

47:14

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.

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574: Smells Fuzzy

July 26th, 2023

1:07:29

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.

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573: Corporate Stooge

July 18th, 2023

52:31

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 …

572: A Time of Great Upheaval

July 12th, 2023

50:31

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 …

571: Stationery Is Life

July 5th, 2023

1:01:32

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 …

570: Witchy Whatever

June 28th, 2023

1:13:16

Video games and stationery are a perfect match, and who better to discuss both topics than Miranda Sanchez. We discuss her prolific journaling habit, …

569: By the Way I’m Also the President

June 21st, 2023

53:48

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 …

568: I Wanted To Go The Slow Way

June 14th, 2023

1:06:02

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 …

567: Just Delete Our Podcast

June 7th, 2023

1:00:16

What would bring Brad to say this? Well, it’s an all ASK TPA episode of the podcast this week, and he has thoughts!

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566: A Boat on Your Desk

May 31st, 2023

51:31

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.

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565: Egregious Gouging

May 24th, 2023

51:50

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.

564: The Distribution Game

May 17th, 2023

52:02

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 …

563: Outs and Ins and Arounds

May 10th, 2023

55:12

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.

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562: Brad Breaks Stationery

May 3rd, 2023

57:04

Many new pens crossed the desk of The Pen Addict this week. Which ones survived? Tune in to find out!

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561: BAT!

April 26th, 2023

53:57

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, …

560: Dear LAMY,

April 19th, 2023

55:58

Since Brad and Myke can’t talk Lamy into making an Orange Lamy 2000, maybe AI can? They give it a shot this week!

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559: Overbooked My Brain

April 12th, 2023

59:46

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.

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558: Gecko Like the Lizard

April 5th, 2023

49:00

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 …

557: He's British So I Love Him

March 29th, 2023

49:36

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 …

556: Pen Sommelier

March 22nd, 2023

58:57

What are we using? Why are we using them? How difficult will Brad make this? Find out this week on The Pen Addict!

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555: Lamy, Call Your Boys

March 15th, 2023

54:48

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.

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554: Block Signature Signature

March 8th, 2023

58:59

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 …

553: Number Green

March 1st, 2023

1:01:08

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, …

552: Where's the Margarita Version?

February 22nd, 2023

58:08

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.

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551: The Traditional Ball Knock

February 15th, 2023

51:23

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 …

550: An Oddly Enjoyable Fountain Pen

February 8th, 2023

1:03:38

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.

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549: Less Caps, More Clicks

February 1st, 2023

55:37

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 …

548: Emergency Cufflinks

January 25th, 2023

1:08:08

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 …

547: Peaking at Average

January 18th, 2023

58:25

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 …

546: Getting Together and Doing Pen Stuff

January 11th, 2023

1:00:51

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? …

545: Relax Better

January 4th, 2023

58:26

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.

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544: Things Run Smoother On WNYC

December 28th, 2022

56:40

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 …

543: Sketchnotes, Revisited

December 14th, 2022

1:07:38

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.

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542: This Love Has Conditions

December 7th, 2022

59:20

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 …

541: Holiday Gift Guide 2022

November 30th, 2022

1:06:35

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 …

540: Just Do the Job Brad!

November 23rd, 2022

54:30

Brad and Myke answer all of your #ASKTPA questions this week.

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539: Will the GO Go Away?

November 16th, 2022

1:04:48

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 …

538: Lukewarm Takes

November 9th, 2022

55:13

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.

537: Adjusted in the Wrong Direction

November 2nd, 2022

58:14

In an episode full of fun and surprises, Myke discovers the biggest one right near the end.

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536: Strange and Cherry

October 26th, 2022

55:24

Lamy released pictures of their best collaboration yet, so why is Brad upset? He explains, and also discusses new Kaweco builds and collaborations, …

535: A Fine Mist of Yama

October 19th, 2022

56:09

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.

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534: Every Day I Vote For Pens

October 12th, 2022

51:00

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.

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533: Emotional Support Stationery

October 5th, 2022

57:24

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 …

532: Nice Cakes

September 28th, 2022

1:01:35

New Sailor releases! Paper discontinuations! Weird products! Planner changes! It’s an all the great things episode of The Pen Addict Podcast this …

531: Royal Pen Content

September 21st, 2022

49:43

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.

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530: Overengineered

September 13th, 2022

1:31:05

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 …

529: There’s No Such Thing as a Perfect Paper

September 7th, 2022

55:56

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.

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528: 10:12 AM

August 31st, 2022

1:00:42

Brad is back from the San Francisco Pen Show and has all the tales to tell.

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527: 1-800-FIX-NIBS

August 24th, 2022

56:00

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 …

526: All of the Fruit Combinations

August 17th, 2022

49:29

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 …

525: Don’t Leave Me

August 10th, 2022

52:19

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!

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524: So?!

August 3rd, 2022

57:14

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 …

523: Average is Good

July 27th, 2022

1:02:21

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 …

522: Your Pen Type

July 20th, 2022

1:01:31

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 …

521: Un, Deux, Trois, Quatre, BAG

July 13th, 2022

55:08

International. Paper. Standards.

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520: National Guacamole Day

July 6th, 2022

55:13

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 …

519: We Tried Harder With This One

June 29th, 2022

53:48

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 …

518: Just Spell it Lewis

June 16th, 2022

1:08:00

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, …

517: Ride or Die Hobonichi

June 8th, 2022

1:01:58

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 …

516: A Selection of Odd Recordings

June 1st, 2022

53:22

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!

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515: Peter Piper Picked A Pen of Pepper

May 25th, 2022

1:00:08

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.

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514: Through the Moon

May 18th, 2022

59:37

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 …

513: What Do You Think About Nuts?

May 11th, 2022

1:08:18

Brad and Myke talk about some of their favorite things. Orange Mark One? Check. New Sailor pens? Check. Jony Ive’s favorite pen? CHECK!

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512: Diamine Cookie Monster

May 4th, 2022

1:02:21

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 …

511: It Monday, Me Write

April 27th, 2022

1:12:21

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.

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510: Everything's a Bear

April 20th, 2022

57:51

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.

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509: All Over the Nib Map

April 13th, 2022

1:04:54

Brad Dowdy, King of the Needlpoints, Ruler of the Fine Line, First of his Name, bought a stacked nib. And he likes it

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508: What Year Is It? Where Am I?

April 6th, 2022

1:02:02

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.

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507: Hand in Your Badge

March 30th, 2022

49:17

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 …

506: Chicken Ink

March 23rd, 2022

54:50

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.

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505: Aggressively Debossed

March 18th, 2022

1:06:12

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.

504: Our Octopus Conversation

March 9th, 2022

1:12:34

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!

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503: I’ve Had Perfectly Standard Experiences

March 2nd, 2022

56:55

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.

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502: Throw a Dart at $125 Ten Years Ago

February 23rd, 2022

58:37

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 …

501: The AL-Star Sucks

February 16th, 2022

51:45

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.

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500: Pens!

February 9th, 2022

3:00:29

We did it! 500 episodes of a podcast about pens. Thank you to everyone who has been part of this journey!

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499: I'm Gonna Drink It

February 2nd, 2022

49:45

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.

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498: Caveats!

January 26th, 2022

1:05:06

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.

497: Here's My Desk Computer, Here's My Desk Cup

January 19th, 2022

53:33

Stuff happens this episode, all of it fueled by the mighty coffee bean.

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496: Pen TMZ

January 12th, 2022

51:12

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?

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495: Parter Jocker

January 5th, 2022

1:00:08

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!

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494: The Centre is Twisty

December 29th, 2021

1:14:28

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.

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493: A Guy Named Dean

December 22nd, 2021

1:10:19

The results of the 2021 Pen Addict Census are in! Myke and I have breaking it all down in this week’s episode.

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492: I Can Tell You Don't Like It

December 15th, 2021

1:00:50

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 …

491: The Symphony

December 8th, 2021

1:06:12

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 …

490: Orange-Flavored Pens

December 1st, 2021

54:31

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.

489: The Radiation in This Pen Is Not Harmful

November 24th, 2021

50:20

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.

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488: Your Warranty is Voided

November 18th, 2021

59:38

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.

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487: The State of Stationery

November 10th, 2021

1:01:31

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.

486: Write-O

November 3rd, 2021

1:04:45

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.

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485: Every Month Has a Month

October 27th, 2021

55:09

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.

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484: Don't Lie about Being in Antarctica

October 20th, 2021

1:13:02

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.

483: You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling

October 13th, 2021

1:22:04

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. …

482: It's a Medium Nib, It's Fine

October 6th, 2021

1:01:15

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 …

481: Fully Precedented

September 29th, 2021

56:06

Brad and Myke chart a path into unprecedented territory this week. Or do they? Listen in and you be the judge.

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480: An Approximation of a Color

September 22nd, 2021

1:00:51

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 …

479: Fountain Pen Companion with Urban Hafner

September 16th, 2021

59:13

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. …

478: 27% More Color Density

September 8th, 2021

1:13:22

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 …

477: This Notebook Has Rules

September 1st, 2021

1:08:41

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 …

476: Particular Thoughts about Particular Products

August 25th, 2021

1:11:59

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.

This …

475: Butter-Softly

August 18th, 2021

57:14

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 …

474: Grippier Grips

August 11th, 2021

54:59

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.

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473: Nail Time with the Nib Doctor

August 4th, 2021

57:39

Brad upgraded this week and connected with Audrey Matteson, Franklin-Christoph’s one and only Nib Doctor. They thoroughly consider test driving the …

472: Pretty Very Also Good

July 28th, 2021

55:54

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 …

471: I Drop Pens All The Time

July 21st, 2021

1:00:01

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 …

470: Fibers in the Groove

July 14th, 2021

1:08:51

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 …

469: Does it BEND?

July 7th, 2021

1:08:45

It’s a highlighter - does it need too? Brad and Myke discuss these important questions, and others, on this rollicking episode of the podcast.

This …

468: The A's got a Hat On

June 30th, 2021

1:08:20

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 …

467: You Had One Job

June 23rd, 2021

1:17:26

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 …

466: I'm Not Going to Rank My Friends

June 16th, 2021

1:09:01

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.

465: Skittles Skulls

June 9th, 2021

51:31

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 …

464: A Paint Job and a Story

June 2nd, 2021

1:03:37

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?

463: ABC Generic Pen

May 26th, 2021

1:15:12

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 …

462: I Know That Sound, I Make It

May 18th, 2021

56:51

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, …

461: Shimmer is Now an Add-On

May 12th, 2021

1:03:55

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!

460: Congratulations, You Are Correct

May 5th, 2021

1:05:36

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 …

459: All This to Pay for a Pen

April 28th, 2021

57:21

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!

458: The Fourth Best Colour

April 21st, 2021

1:01:10

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, …

457: A Literal Banana

April 14th, 2021

1:04:14

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 …

456: Citrus, Orange, and Tangerine Esq.

April 8th, 2021

1:15:32

Brad’s lawyers were active this week, but the situation has been resolved with no further intervention required. Brad follows up on a conversation …

455: Thumbs Up for Fountain Pens

March 31st, 2021

1:00:32

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 …

454: Concerning Your Use of Orange…

March 24th, 2021

1:01:07

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 …

453: What Have You Done?

March 17th, 2021

1:08:42

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. …

452: Not Enough Sizing

March 10th, 2021

1:18:25

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, …

451: Changing the World One Person at a Time

March 3rd, 2021

55:53

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 …

450: The Friendships We Made Along the Way

February 24th, 2021

2:13:49

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.

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449: Retail 9-9-5

February 17th, 2021

55:55

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 …

448: The Hurley School of Pen Usage

February 10th, 2021

1:29:44

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 …

447: Global Monetary Markets

February 3rd, 2021

55:56

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 …

446: We Are Now Under New Ownership

January 27th, 2021

58:29

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.

445: Great Day to Start a New Notebook

January 20th, 2021

1:06:47

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.

444: Complex Complicated Colours

January 13th, 2021

1:02:16

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 …

443: Notes Passing Through the Night

January 6th, 2021

1:11:26

Brad breaks down not only his Theme System Journal in this week’s episode, but also his 2021 planner, and his Notebook of Randomness.

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442: Instead I Got a Monitor Stand

December 30th, 2020

1:08:57

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, …

441: Riptiiiiide

December 16th, 2020

1:06:36

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 …

440: Upgraded Vision

December 9th, 2020

59:11

Hello Kitty. Lisa Frank. Popper-palooza. How much better can one episode get? How about 99,999 times better?

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439: Falcon Is An Acquired Taste

December 2nd, 2020

1:05:38

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 …

438: I’ll Take a Kilt – Holiday Gift Guide 2020

November 25th, 2020

1:23:25

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 …

437: That's Not My Handwriting

November 18th, 2020

1:12:51

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.

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436: Pens Take Precedence

November 11th, 2020

1:01:14

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 …

435: Fine Fine Medium Line

November 4th, 2020

1:00:27

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.

434: Trick Ink Window

October 28th, 2020

1:04:57

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 …

433: Why would you do that‽

October 21st, 2020

1:12:23

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.

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432: Blacklight Poster Pens

October 14th, 2020

52:19

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, …

431: May I Buy This From You?

October 7th, 2020

1:16:26

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.

430: Better than the G2

September 30th, 2020

1:05:29

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 …

429: Name of the Pen on the Pen

September 23rd, 2020

1:12:12

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.

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428: Stacked Nibs

September 16th, 2020

51:20

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 …

427: Nobonichi

September 9th, 2020

56:11

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, …

426: When Am I Gonna Get One?

September 2nd, 2020

1:01:37

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.

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425: The 1911 of Pen

August 26th, 2020

1:04:06

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

424: Keyboard Addict

August 19th, 2020

1:09:49

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 …

423: Cute Fun Spooky

August 12th, 2020

1:00:55

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 …

422: The Future is Not Fountain Pens

August 5th, 2020

56:32

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.

This episode of The …

421: Return of the Tower of Pens

July 29th, 2020

1:08:08

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.

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420: The Real Collector's Edition

July 22nd, 2020

1:13:37

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 …

419: That's So Draplin

July 15th, 2020

1:02:09

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.

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418: Today I Hate Paper

July 8th, 2020

1:07:02

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 …

417: Barely Cut Hay

July 1st, 2020

1:07:44

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.

416: The Purest Carrots

June 24th, 2020

1:03:51

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, …

415: Blender's Choice

June 17th, 2020

56:50

Congratulations, you played yourself.

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414: Where Do I Even Write Things?

June 10th, 2020

1:00:08

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 …

413: Ana Does Best

June 3rd, 2020

1:23:19

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

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412: Urushi Safari KOP Magnet Filler

May 27th, 2020

1:11:17

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.

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411: Curious Case of the Curidas Cracking

May 20th, 2020

52:36

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.

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410: Albert, Duchess, and Duke

May 13th, 2020

1:02:08

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 …

409: Looks Like a Milkshake

May 6th, 2020

1:02:29

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 …

408: You Gotta Let Me Live My Life

April 29th, 2020

1:10:51

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

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407: A Pen With an Instruction Set

April 22nd, 2020

58:57

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.

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406: Maruzen After Lunch

April 15th, 2020

55:14

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, …

405: The Biggest Flex

April 8th, 2020

1:06:30

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 …

404: Maybe a Pen Canoe

April 1st, 2020

52:57

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 …

403: Stationery Makes Me Feel Things

March 25th, 2020

59:41

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

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402: We Need More of This

March 18th, 2020

57:48

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, …

401: Can I Touch the Pen?

March 11th, 2020

1:15:09

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.

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400: Pen Addict 101

March 4th, 2020

1:18:35

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.

399: Disassembleable

February 26th, 2020

59:27

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 …

398: Plastered on a Card

February 19th, 2020

57:04

The Bungubox 4B fountain pen has arrived via ParcelForce! We discuss that - and the customs charges contained within - along with plaster art, …

397: Why Did You Make This Decision?

February 12th, 2020

1:05:09

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 …

396: Full of Good Functions

February 5th, 2020

57:36

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.

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395: We Have Unearthed a New Technology

January 29th, 2020

54:59

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 …

394: Who Better Than Us?

January 22nd, 2020

1:01:36

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

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393: Pen Transportation Safety

January 15th, 2020

1:00:18

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 …

392: Knocking Knock Twist Knock

January 8th, 2020

53:11

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!

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391: This Sounds Great – I Have No Interest

January 2nd, 2020

1:02:47

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 …

390: Why Do We Have This Question

December 18th, 2019

1:11:20

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

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389: I Like Lists

December 11th, 2019

1:14:58

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!

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388: Alligator 🐊

December 4th, 2019

1:01:58

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 …

387: Costs Me Money Every Time - Holiday Gift Guide 2019

November 27th, 2019

1:36:13

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 …

386: Massive Massive Mistake

November 20th, 2019

1:12:33

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.

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385: Like Using a Crayon

November 13th, 2019

57:25

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 …

384: Fountain Pen Daze

November 6th, 2019

1:17:36

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.

383: Resoundingly Average

October 30th, 2019

54:04

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.

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382: You May Have Missed Tokyo

October 23rd, 2019

1:04:31

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.

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381: A Plumbing Theme

October 16th, 2019

47:02

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

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380: A Little Bit of Extra

October 9th, 2019

1:04:18

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.

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379: Rainbow Sparkly

October 2nd, 2019

52:50

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?

378: I Have a Whole System Around That

September 25th, 2019

1:10:00

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!

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377: Recreational Use

September 18th, 2019

1:07:15

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.

376: The Best Worst Case Scenario

September 11th, 2019

1:14:27

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 …

375: Nobody Tell Platinum

September 4th, 2019

1:06:42

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 …

374: A Well-Appointed Recap

August 29th, 2019

55:19

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, …

373: Live from the San Francisco Pen Show 2019

August 24th, 2019

1:03:16

Brad, Myke, and Ana are live from the San Francisco pen show, with special guests Hugh and Karol, from Kanilea Pen Co.

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372: We Used To Budget

August 14th, 2019

1:20:08

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!

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371: Very Friendly Pens

August 7th, 2019

1:04:52

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 …

370: Second One on the Way

July 31st, 2019

58:48

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.

369: One Week Per Two Days

July 24th, 2019

55:36

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.

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368: Pen of Deceit

July 17th, 2019

1:06:40

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.

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367: The Acquisition Phase

July 10th, 2019

1:13:38

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 …

366: A Beautifully Told Story

July 3rd, 2019

58:11

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 …

365: The Classic Flush

June 26th, 2019

1:14:00

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, …

364: Transitional Area of Doom

June 19th, 2019

1:26:03

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

This …

363: Deepbossing

June 12th, 2019

1:13:29

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 …

362: A Blueprint of the Nib Grind

June 5th, 2019

1:03:38

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 …

361: Full-Time NibSMITH

May 29th, 2019

45:38

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.

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360: Cancelling is Not an Option

May 22nd, 2019

1:09:22

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 …

359: Difficult Pickles

May 15th, 2019

1:08:00

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 …

358: Direct Vertical Upstroke

May 8th, 2019

52:44

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, …

357: The Porsche of Moleskines

May 1st, 2019

53:46

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 …

356: Busy Week in the Inbox

April 24th, 2019

1:12:57

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 …

355: Redlight Project

April 17th, 2019

1:02:28

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, …

354: As Legally and Safely as Possible

April 10th, 2019

1:00:27

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 …

353: Live from the Atlanta Pen Show 2019

April 7th, 2019

1:21:24

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 …

352: Mandatory Cookout

March 27th, 2019

1:20:42

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 …

351: Hardest Question of all the Questions

March 21st, 2019

1:06:19

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 …

350: Superbacker

March 13th, 2019

1:21:15

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 …

349: Magic Graphite Stick

March 6th, 2019

1:04:07

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 …

348: Baltomorrow

February 27th, 2019

1:05:00

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 …

347: It's Only Pens

February 20th, 2019

1:04:16

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 …

346: The Platinum Platinum

February 13th, 2019

1:12:38

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, …

345: A Very Brad Dowdy Situation

February 6th, 2019

1:12:38

We talk about Kickstarters this week, and not just the one Brad launched! Also, is a sterling silver Kaweco Sport in Myke’s future?

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344: French Rule Territory

January 30th, 2019

1:05:09

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.

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343: Brown Reticle Blue Dots

January 24th, 2019

57:16

If you could design your own paper layout, what would it look like? Myke has his own ideas in this fun and frolicking episode

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342: They Made It More Boring

January 16th, 2019

57:59

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

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341: Get Your Own Shimmer

January 9th, 2019

1:12:08

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.

340: It Seems Official

January 2nd, 2019

1:04:25

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 …

339: Wub Wub Nib

December 19th, 2018

1:18:34

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.

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338: Container for Your Excess

December 12th, 2018

1:13:44

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 …

337: Pen Pin – Holiday Gift Guide 2018

December 5th, 2018

1:29:43

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.

336: That's When I Heard the Second Car

November 28th, 2018

1:09:58

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

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335: A Very Peculiar Scale

November 21st, 2018

1:13:03

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.

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334: Yes, I Am a Tastemaker

November 14th, 2018

1:16:20

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.

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333: Top Five Pens 2018

November 7th, 2018

1:32:37

Do you want to know what pens, pencils, paper, and inks are the best? Brad is here to tell you.

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332: The Big Little Pen Show

October 31st, 2018

1:19:48

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 …

331: A Podcaster’s Grind

October 24th, 2018

1:12:06

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!

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330: This Pen Will Never Die

October 17th, 2018

57:57

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 …

329: Electric Raspberry Blurple

October 10th, 2018

1:03:22

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!

This …

328: The Longest Relationship I've Ever Had

October 3rd, 2018

1:01:37

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.

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327: Japan Can Help You

September 26th, 2018

56:27

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.

This episode …

326: Pen Addict and Pens Rule!

September 19th, 2018

55:40

How do you handle partially used notebooks? Brad declares notebook bankruptcy, but is that the best solution? Myke remains on Sailor high alert, and …

325: Sailor Museum Curator

September 12th, 2018

1:03:12

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 …

324: The Enthusiasts

September 5th, 2018

1:02:39

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.

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323: Mother Cover

August 29th, 2018

59:07

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 …

322: Burner Pen

August 22nd, 2018

1:11:06

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 …

321: Ciaowdy!

August 15th, 2018

57:02

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 …

320: Terrible Advice about All Your Stationery Needs

August 8th, 2018

59:54

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.

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319: I Triumphantly Return

August 1st, 2018

1:07:24

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 …

318: The Pen Thief

July 25th, 2018

1:19:04

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 …

317: Born With It

July 18th, 2018

1:04:33

Brad is joined this week by Esterbrook dealer to the stars, Jessica Coles. They discuss buying, selling, and restoring vintage pens, plus pen show …

316: Let's Build a Pen

July 11th, 2018

55:26

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

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315: This Orange Doesn't Exist

July 4th, 2018

50:16

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 …

314: Everyone’s Favorite Game

June 27th, 2018

56:25

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.

313: The Ocean is in My Hand

June 20th, 2018

59:52

Brad has the Sailor Pro Gear Ocean in hand, and is it as fabulous as he expected? Tune in to find out!

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312: Squidgy Marshmallow

June 13th, 2018

1:03:24

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 …

311: The Worst Possible Paper

June 6th, 2018

1:15:18

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 …

310: A Mini Reckoning

May 30th, 2018

57:17

What does the future hold for the stationery industry? Brad and Myke look into their crystal balls, and inevitably get things wrong.

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309: Cool Your Boots Over There

May 23rd, 2018

1:06:46

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.

This …

308: Full Metal Body

May 16th, 2018

1:00:53

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 …

307: Welcome To Two Months Ago

May 9th, 2018

1:06:57

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 …

306: Pen...cil

May 2nd, 2018

57:55

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 …

305: I Believe in Standards

April 25th, 2018

1:08:19

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” …

304: I'm Out of Superlatives

April 18th, 2018

1:06:36

Brad and Myke are back from Atlanta and recap the best show ever. At least until the next one!

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303: Live from the Atlanta Pen Show 2018

April 15th, 2018

1:03:13

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 …

302: BradDowdy Brad-Dowdy Edition

April 4th, 2018

1:04:36

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. …

301: Bingo!

March 28th, 2018

1:01:43

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 …

300: A Podcast About Pens

March 21st, 2018

1:01:25

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

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299: Mail Time with Brad

March 14th, 2018

1:25:23

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.

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298: This Pen Show Has Character

March 7th, 2018

1:08:43

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 …

297: Who's the Fool Now Steve?

February 28th, 2018

1:15:04

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 …

296: Drop the Pagoda on Us

February 21st, 2018

1:21:10

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.

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295: Why is it Not Called Pen Pals?

February 14th, 2018

1:16:23

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!

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294: Not the Most Funded Anything

February 7th, 2018

1:24:31

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 …

293: Cut With a Hammer and Chisel

January 31st, 2018

1:07:13

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.

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292: Don't Learn Safety By Accident

January 24th, 2018

1:11:41

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 …

291: At Some Point a Pen Has to Get Involved

January 17th, 2018

1:16:05

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.

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290: Saskatchewan Has Always Been In My Heart

January 10th, 2018

56:30

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 …

289: The Cousin is the Big Brother

January 3rd, 2018

1:13:31

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 …

288: It's Called Chaos

December 20th, 2017

1:22:29

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 …

287: Internal Sparkle

December 14th, 2017

54:57

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.

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286: A More Aggressive Swirl Pattern

December 6th, 2017

1:18:01

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.

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285: The Love Toaster

November 29th, 2017

1:17:07

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 …

284: Weird and Wonderful Stuff - Holiday Gift Guide 2017

November 22nd, 2017

1:00:52

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 …

283: A Significant Business in Clever Pen Cases

November 15th, 2017

1:03:49

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 …

282: 100% Humidity Paper

November 8th, 2017

53:57

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 …

281: Supercaligraphicexpialidocious

November 1st, 2017

1:05:18

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!

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280: I Want Jim To Tell Me Bedtime Stories

October 25th, 2017

59:59

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 …

279: Live at Field Notes HQ

October 18th, 2017

1:07:25

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

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278: I Failed You, Myke

October 11th, 2017

1:11:47

It’s been a big shopping month at The Pen Addict household, with Brad receiving his latest purchases from Franklin-Christoph, Woodshed, and Schon …

277: A Low Chance of Succeeding

October 4th, 2017

1:08:46

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 …

276: I Bought Seven Nakayas

September 27th, 2017

1:01:07

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 …

275: Field Notes X

September 20th, 2017

1:00:59

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.

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274: Treasures of the Earth

September 14th, 2017

1:02:49

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 …

273: Myke Hurley Appreciation Day

September 6th, 2017

1:00:49

Myke is back from his world tour and we catch up on all the goings on in the pen, pencil, and Kickstarter world.

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272: Waiting for an Intervention

August 30th, 2017

58:08

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.

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271: Anti-Myke

August 23rd, 2017

1:07:21

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.

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270: I Am A Lefty Over-Hooker

August 15th, 2017

1:12:13

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 …

269: We Sold Everything

August 9th, 2017

49:14

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 …

268: Hot Breaking Footage

August 4th, 2017

1:01:20

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

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267: Meet Me at the Bar

July 26th, 2017

52:23

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.

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266: Sometimes Funny, Most of the Time Nonsense

July 19th, 2017

57:03

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.

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265: I Know It All And I Can't Tell You

July 12th, 2017

56:24

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

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264: Redacted

July 5th, 2017

1:02:20

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.

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263: Optimus Prime in My Pocket

June 28th, 2017

1:10:19

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.

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262: Why Do I Have a Hulk Fist?

June 21st, 2017

1:07:25

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 …

261: Prolonged Writing Comfort

June 14th, 2017

1:03:13

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 …

260: The Awakening

June 7th, 2017

1:07:45

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.

This …

259: Another Thing in a Long Line of Things

May 31st, 2017

53:54

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 …

258: Kind of Not Interesting

May 24th, 2017

57:51

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!

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257: I'm Not Gonna Do Homework

May 17th, 2017

1:13:31

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 …

256: Excellent Question

May 10th, 2017

1:15:23

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

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255: Flipped My Toupee

May 3rd, 2017

1:11:43

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 …

254: I Nearly Passed out, and You Started Crying

April 26th, 2017

59:39

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. …

253: Live from the Atlanta Pen Show 2017

April 23rd, 2017

1:00:32

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 …

252: We All Know the Pencil Is Superior to the Pen

April 13th, 2017

1:27:21

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 …

251: That's Not a Colour

April 5th, 2017

1:01:33

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 …

250: The Cool Kids Room

March 29th, 2017

1:24:30

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.

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249: An Astronomical Wallet Event

March 22nd, 2017

1:09:19

Brad is back from the Arkansas Pen Show with tales to tell. It was a different experience, and perfect in all the right way. Plus, he bought stuff.

248: We're Extraordinarily Particular

March 15th, 2017

1:18:38

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, …

247: My Optima Is in the Shoptima

March 8th, 2017

1:08:36

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 …

246: Bursting at the Seams

March 1st, 2017

1:16:36

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.

This episode of The Pen Addict is …

245: The Entire Thing is Orange

February 22nd, 2017

1:04:30

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 …

244: Club Safari

February 15th, 2017

1:14:01

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 …

243: I Don't Really Know How I Found You

February 8th, 2017

1:05:27

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 …

242: The Hype Man

February 1st, 2017

1:21:37

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 …

241: Art Makes People Mad

January 25th, 2017

1:17:30

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 …

240: A Mythical Colorful Bird

January 18th, 2017

1:29:27

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.

This episode of …

239: Previously Inksploded

January 11th, 2017

1:08:47

We have a real grab bag of topics for you today, including new Akkerman Ink, Fantasy Vanishing Points, and Primary Manipulation.

This episode of The …

238: P Goes to 80%

January 4th, 2017

1:08:52

Brad and Myke drop some maths and science knowledge on you this week, courtesy of our listeners. Confessions also continue, as Myke feels vindicated …

237: Oh Myke! Noooo!

December 28th, 2016

54:22

Do you have a stationery confession to make? You are among friends. Brad and Myke share their deepest darkest secrets.

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236: More Stuff Inside Your Stuff

December 21st, 2016

58:46

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 …

235: Baby-Faced Assassin

December 14th, 2016

1:29:26

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 …

234: Temperamental Little Beast

December 7th, 2016

1:18:41

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 …

233: Andrifolio Candrinople

November 30th, 2016

1:13:52

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 …

232: That's Standard Desk

November 23rd, 2016

1:17:03

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!

This episode of The Pen Addict is …

231: Myke Didn't Make It - Holiday Gift Guide 2016

November 16th, 2016

1:01:54

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 …

230: The Cover Is Marbled

November 10th, 2016

1:01:35

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.

This episode of The …

229: The Most Nervous Pen Repair of All Time

November 2nd, 2016

1:01:31

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 …

228: Hashtag Snail Mail

October 26th, 2016

52:45

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!

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227: Myke Was Indeed Right

October 19th, 2016

1:06:40

We must admit, Myke is right a lot, but he has never been more excited to be as right as he was this week.

This episode of The Pen Addict is …

226: The Girl with the Glitter Pens

October 12th, 2016

46:30

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 …

225: Field Notes Kremlinology

October 5th, 2016

1:03:52

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 …

224: My Ink Smells

September 28th, 2016

1:11:12

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.

This episode …

223: You Need Top-Zip

September 21st, 2016

1:33:54

Nock Co. launched a big Kickstarter for a big bag and Brad and Myke are here to discuss all of the details.

This episode of The Pen Addict is …

222: Keep the Dream Alive

September 13th, 2016

53:07

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.

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221: Thank You?

September 7th, 2016

57:10

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.

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220: Not That I'm Rugged

August 31st, 2016

57:01

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.

This …

219: My Box of Goodies

August 24th, 2016

1:00:48

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 …

218: None of My Pens Have Suitable Ink

August 17th, 2016

59:24

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

217: Complete Systems Failure

August 10th, 2016

59:13

Brad is back from DC and shares all the tales of wonder from the biggest pen show on the planet. He also bought stuff.

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216: FIVE?!?!

August 3rd, 2016

1:15:09

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 …

215: Maximum Peak Weirdness

July 27th, 2016

1:07:56

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

214: The Garish Quota

July 20th, 2016

1:09:49

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 …

213: The Myke Hurley Signature Pen

July 13th, 2016

1:04:27

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 …

212: Captain Orange Beard

July 6th, 2016

47:51

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.

This episode of The Pen Addict is …

211: Running Out Of Coal

June 29th, 2016

1:11:36

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 …

210: Tiny Tiny Pocket Tornado

June 22nd, 2016

1:08:54

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 …

209: There's Not Enough Pink Pens

June 15th, 2016

55:29

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 …

208: The Queen’s Filofax

June 8th, 2016

51:38

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 …

207: The Right Person Was Me

June 1st, 2016

1:13:30

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 …

206: Put Myself On That Google Map

May 25th, 2016

53:48

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.

This episode of The Pen Addict is …

205: Recreational Grade Titanium

May 18th, 2016

55:47

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 …

204: Notebooks Filled with Garbage

May 11th, 2016

1:16:15

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 …

203: #mykewastechnicallyright

May 4th, 2016

51:46

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.

This episode of …

202: We Ship On Time

April 27th, 2016

52:40

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 …

201: Sky at Night

April 20th, 2016

50:07

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 …

200: Episode 200, Live from the Atlanta Pen Show 2016

April 17th, 2016

1:11:22

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 …

199: It's Almost Like You're a Professional

April 6th, 2016

1:14:31

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 …

198: Plen Replair Place

March 30th, 2016

51:05

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 …

197: Secret Society of Enablers

March 22nd, 2016

1:28:10

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 …

196: You Replace Your Carpet

March 16th, 2016

55:29

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 …

195: I'm Flexible

March 9th, 2016

1:08:12

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 …

194: Forged by Pure Evil

February 24th, 2016

1:05:34

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, …

193: Captain Happy Pants

February 17th, 2016

1:04:56

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.

This episode of The Pen Addict is sponsored by:

192: Chicken Scratch and Batman Doodles

February 10th, 2016

56:52

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 …

191: Tahitian Black Lip Oyster

February 5th, 2016

1:19:34

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 …

190: The Pilly Phen Show

January 27th, 2016

1:18:29

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.

This episode of …

189: OG Colorer

January 20th, 2016

59:18

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 …

188: We Just Effin Love Art Supplies

January 13th, 2016

56:21

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 …

187: Members Only Fishing Vests

January 6th, 2016

1:01:12

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 …

186: Happy Penmas Everyone!

December 23rd, 2015

1:04:39

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 …

185: Don't Make Me Cry Again

December 14th, 2015

1:18:09

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 …

184: An Assortment of Weird Pencils

December 7th, 2015

1:16:32

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 …

183: OMG Star Wars

November 30th, 2015

1:09:36

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 …

182: Spend Even More Than Usual - Holiday Gift Guide 2015

November 23rd, 2015

1:01:15

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.

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181: Scribble Part XXXVIII

November 16th, 2015

1:07:12

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 …

180: It Does Notebook Things

November 9th, 2015

1:01:21

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 …

179: Super Traditional Camo Pattern

November 3rd, 2015

1:15:39

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

178: Big Dan Episode

October 26th, 2015

1:11:13

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.

This episode of The …

177: The Pen Type Brad

October 19th, 2015

1:02:40

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

176: Swip and Swap

October 13th, 2015

1:11:56

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.

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175: Kremlinology

October 5th, 2015

1:01:33

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.

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174: Safety Glasses are Critical

September 28th, 2015

45:34

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 …

173: Just Colo(u)ring

September 21st, 2015

1:07:29

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 …

172: Writing on a Banana Skin

September 14th, 2015

52:33

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. …

171: They Make Me Cross

September 7th, 2015

54:37

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 …

170: Mykeanical Pencils

August 31st, 2015

51:54

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

169: Kissy Face Bear

August 24th, 2015

57:15

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 …

168: Big Green Hulk Hands

August 17th, 2015

1:12:30

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.

This …

167: Fishing Vests are Super Important

August 10th, 2015

1:10:36

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.

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166: Too Many Brians

August 3rd, 2015

1:23:14

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 …

165: What Kind of Show Are You Running Here?

July 27th, 2015

1:11:42

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 …

164: Special Place in my Heart

July 20th, 2015

1:05:30

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.

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163: I'm Just Wasting Ink Here

July 13th, 2015

1:03:10

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 …

162: Watching Ink Dry

July 6th, 2015

59:42

Brad and Myke are joined by Ed Jelley to discuss one thing, and one thing only: J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor. This ink has us all captivated, and they went straight to the man who got the first bottle in the US. …

161: No Micarta For You

June 29th, 2015

1:05:57

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 …

160: Let's Keep Being Addicts

June 22nd, 2015

1:00:56

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 …

159: A Woodpecker Ate My Pencil

June 15th, 2015

1:06:02

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 …

158: The Topic of Stuff

June 8th, 2015

57:44

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 …

157: #asktpa

June 1st, 2015

53:56

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 …

156: Point Your Pen At The Yellow Banana

May 28th, 2015

52:50

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 …

155: Sealed and Labeled for Archiving

May 21st, 2015

54:30

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!

This …

154: Extra Extra Extra Extra Extra Fine

May 11th, 2015

1:06:05

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, …

153: Nuclear Fallout Green

May 4th, 2015

54:55

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 …

152: A Hot Mess of a Pencil

April 27th, 2015

1:00:23

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, …

151: Wabi-Sabi

April 23rd, 2015

1:11:14

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 …

150: Live from the Atlanta Pen Show

April 18th, 2015

1:15:19

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

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149: We Have a Drone

April 6th, 2015

58:18

With Myke on vacation, Brad is joined by Stephen Hackett. They discuss vintage vs. modern pens and digitizing analog notes before Stephen asks Brad …

148: Like an Internet Radio Show

March 30th, 2015

47:49

Brad, Myke, and special guest Ana Reinert talk all things Atlanta Pen Show. They are beyond excited about this event! Will you be there?

This …

147: I Can't Get it Out of My Head

March 25th, 2015

55:27

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.

This …

146: No Brand Quality Goods

March 16th, 2015

1:04:15

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 …

145: Pens Have Feelings

March 10th, 2015

57:26

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.

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144: Found it!

March 2nd, 2015

1:05:48

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.

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143: Horse Head in Myke's Bed

February 23rd, 2015

52:08

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 …

142: Agents Of Orange

February 16th, 2015

59:54

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 …

141: Shiny Happy People

February 9th, 2015

55:20

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 …

140: All Follow Up Extravaganza

February 2nd, 2015

1:04:26

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 …

139: This is Gonna Be a Party

January 26th, 2015

47:43

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 …

138: We All Want a Lightsaber

January 19th, 2015

1:08:33

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 …

137: Notebook Emergency

January 12th, 2015

56:30

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 …

136: Have You Seen This Pen?

January 5th, 2015

1:03:54

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 …

135: Shake it Like a Paint Pen

December 29th, 2014

58:20

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 …

134: It's a Gateway Edition

December 22nd, 2014

1:01:44

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. …

133: A Banana Explosion

December 15th, 2014

1:02:48

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 …

132: Happy Fun Time

December 8th, 2014

1:04:54

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 …

131: Not The Abbreviated Version

December 2nd, 2014

1:29:51

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 …

130: Stop Spending My Money - Holiday Gift Guide 2014

November 24th, 2014

1:11:16

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. …

129: The Ugly Sweater Pen

November 17th, 2014

1:27:45

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 …

128: Backer Number Three

November 10th, 2014

1:01:38

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 …

127: My Idea Dock is Sideways

November 3rd, 2014

1:11:51

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 …

126: Doing Water Blaugh

October 27th, 2014

1:12:40

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.

This episode of The Pen Addict is …

125: Made by a Guy Named Brian

October 20th, 2014

1:05:29

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 …

124: I Do Speak Fluent German

October 13th, 2014

53:37

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 …

123: He'll Always Be Huckleberry to Me

October 6th, 2014

58:20

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 …

122: It Physically Hurts My Head

September 29th, 2014

1:07:34

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 …

121: Strange Ordering Processes

September 22nd, 2014

1:17:34

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 …

120: Behind The Nib

September 15th, 2014

1:03:09

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 …

119: Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy

September 8th, 2014

1:09:31

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 …

118: CGI Hand

September 2nd, 2014

56:54

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 …

117: We're a Perfect Pairing

August 29th, 2014

51:56

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 …

116: Scribbled Out

August 18th, 2014

1:26:05

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 …

115: The Panic Addict

July 15th, 2014

57:26

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 …

114: Butchering The Orange

July 8th, 2014

51:07

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 …

113: The Pen Whisperer

July 1st, 2014

1:04:18

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 …

112: Take Out The Trash

June 23rd, 2014

51:43

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!

Links and Show Notes

In this episode …

111: A Podcast Divided

June 17th, 2014

1:08:53

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 …

110: Gauntlet Down

June 12th, 2014

1:08:26

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 …

109: I Have Colors!

June 4th, 2014

1:22:14

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 …

108: The Worst Pen Review Of All Time

May 29th, 2014

49:50

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. …

107: Getting Crunk With Myke

May 19th, 2014

47:02

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 …

106: Knolling

May 13th, 2014

42:39

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 …

105: The Kimono Is My Roll-Stopper

May 8th, 2014

1:01:37

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 …

104: Hate That Dude

May 1st, 2014

1:01:09

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 …

103: Twitter Q&A

April 22nd, 2014

1:05:44

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

102: Shopping Brad and Business Brad

April 17th, 2014

54:29

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 …

101: Lots of Brad's Face

April 8th, 2014

45:24

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 …

100: Episode 100

April 2nd, 2014

1:07:06

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 …

99: To The Tippy-Top

March 25th, 2014

48:00

Oh boy. Brad is causing problems between him and Myke in this episode. Is this the end of the show as we know it?

Links and Show Notes

Oh boy. Brad is causing problems between him and Myke in this episode. Is this the …

98: Space Credits

March 19th, 2014

1:04:08

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. …

97: I Don't Want My Pens To Touch!

March 11th, 2014

55:38

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 …

96: I’m Attached To Pencils

March 5th, 2014

1:06:44

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 …

95: Fabber Castle

February 26th, 2014

47:13

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 …

94: The Pen Ambassador

February 19th, 2014

49:23

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. …

93: Never Say Never

February 12th, 2014

1:05:41

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 …

92: Awinkening

February 7th, 2014

51:30

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 …

91: Are They Even Pen Addicts?

January 29th, 2014

50:36

In this episode Brad and Myke share some wonderful reader mail; including Japanese translation tips and a podcast suggestion Brad took to heart. Myke …

90: The Perfect Pen For Now

January 21st, 2014

52:01

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, …

89: I'm The Best At The Worst

January 15th, 2014

59:30

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 …

88: Mollycoddling

January 8th, 2014

1:05:01

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 …

87: Putting A Pen Out To Pasture

December 31st, 2013

42:54

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 …

86: We Have Bingo!

December 23rd, 2013

57:13

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 …

85: Getting Ink With Dan Bishop

December 17th, 2013

1:03:56

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. …

84: Pen Blogging With Ed Jelley

December 10th, 2013

1:11:07

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 …

83: Something, Something Field Notes

December 5th, 2013

56:42

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.

Links and Show Notes

In this episode Brad and Myke …

82: Challenge Accepted

November 26th, 2013

41:52

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. …

81: You Stole My Wish List Item! - Gift Guide 2013

November 19th, 2013

1:13:43

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 …

80: It's A Scandal

November 12th, 2013

57:54

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 …

79: Golden

November 5th, 2013

51:12

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 …

78: Roll Your Sleeves Up, Dowdy

October 29th, 2013

46:07

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 …

77: I'm A Lost Cause

October 24th, 2013

1:01:33

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 …

76: It Has Two Nibs

October 15th, 2013

56:19

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 …

75: Nerdiness In Its Purest Form

October 8th, 2013

50:39

In this episode Brad and Myke share their new fountain pen experiences from the weekend. Brad attended his first pen collectors club meeting, and …

74: Why Can't You Do This

October 1st, 2013

1:02:12

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. …

73: Polar Beer

September 26th, 2013

58:24

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 …

72: It’s A Shame You Picked The Wrong Pen

September 17th, 2013

1:01:46

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 …

71: Sharpening Rainbows

September 14th, 2013

1:06:03

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 …

70: Bullet Journal Time

September 3rd, 2013

1:00:46

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 …

69: Give ‘em Hell Bryan Bedell!

August 27th, 2013

53:37

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 …

68: It Is Tuesday And We Are Listening

August 20th, 2013

50:12

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 …

67: I’m A Fashion Maven

August 13th, 2013

46:34

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 …

66: Epically Trolled

August 6th, 2013

45:36

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 …

65: CSI Pen-Town

July 30th, 2013

1:09:00

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 …

64: Johnny Anypen

July 23rd, 2013

1:08:37

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 …

63: Electric Shock Treatment

July 16th, 2013

42:52

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 …

62: Lefty Apologist

July 8th, 2013

1:04:13

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 …

61: Welcome To Dan Land

July 2nd, 2013

1:05:17

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 …

60: You Are One Of Us

June 25th, 2013

50:27

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.

Guest Starring:

Dan Benjamin

Links and Show Notes:

In this episode …

59: I’ve Never Been So Excited About A Black Staple

June 18th, 2013

59:24

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 …

58: Dont Tell The Other Listeners

June 11th, 2013

42:21

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.

Links and …

57: There’s A Rectangular Hole

June 4th, 2013

49:07

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 …

56: Them’s Fightin’ Words

May 28th, 2013

50:18

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 …

55: I'm Officially Jealous

May 21st, 2013

52:36

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 …

54: The Chair Of The Desk

May 14th, 2013

50:42

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.

Guest Starring:

Ana …

53: AMA

May 7th, 2013

1:13:41

"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 …

52: It's A Gateway Pen So Be Careful

April 30th, 2013

1:01:09

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 …

51: The Things That People Love The Most Are Wrong

April 23rd, 2013

42:35

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 …

50: Investigative Pen Journalism

April 16th, 2013

1:07:28

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 …

49: A Sailor Is At The Top Of My Wish List

April 9th, 2013

1:02:32

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 …

48: Ooh, You Said A Bad Word

April 2nd, 2013

48:16

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 …

47: Dan Bishop from Karas Kustoms

March 26th, 2013

43:46

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by Dan Bishop from Karas Kustoms. Dan is the designer and manufacturer behind successful Kickstarter pen …

46: The Trifecta

March 19th, 2013

36:32

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 …

45: Turning Japanese

March 11th, 2013

55:24

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 …

44: Pentervention

March 7th, 2013

48:08

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 …

43: Adding To Cart Now

February 26th, 2013

54:58

In this episode Brad and Myke are joined by esteemed guest Patrick Rhone from Minimal Mac. Patrick jumps in our quick drying ink conversation, …

42: Short Attention Span Theatre

February 19th, 2013

1:06:23

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 …

41: I Liken It To Unicorn Poop

February 6th, 2013

39:46

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 …

40: It Was Very Troubling To Me

January 29th, 2013

37:45

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.

Links and Show Notes

In this episode Brad recaps the …

39: We Are The Normal Ones

January 24th, 2013

46:38

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 …

38: Playing The Role Of My Mother

January 15th, 2013

52:35

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 …

37: Off The Deep End

January 8th, 2013

50:12

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 …

36: Would You Like To Try A Sample?

January 3rd, 2013

38:56

In this episode Myke and Brad discuss their stationery resolutions for the new year. Things are going to get inky in 2013!

Links and Show Notes

In …

35: Scratched Off The List

December 27th, 2012

48:28

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 …

34: I Like European Broads

December 18th, 2012

54:49

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 …

33: Field Notes Fascination

December 11th, 2012

27:39

In this episode Brad discusses all things Field Notes, including the fascination with collecting every limited release that Draplin, Coudal, and Co. …

32: Truly Disappointed

December 4th, 2012

33:04

In this episode Myke and Brad discuss some of their most disappointing pen and paper purchases.

Links and Show Notes

In this episode Myke and Brad discuss some of their most disappointing pen and paper purchases.

31: Holiday Gift Guide

November 27th, 2012

36:47

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 …

30: Inks On A Plane

November 20th, 2012

34:49

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.

Links and Show Notes

In this episode of …

29: We Were On A Break!!!

November 13th, 2012

45:20

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 …

28: Nothing Rhymes With Orange

August 23rd, 2012

38:35

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 …

27: I Need To Take A Shower

August 16th, 2012

33:46

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 …

26: It's Got Little Curves To It

August 9th, 2012

33:11

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 …

25: The Pen Is Mightier Than The Club

August 2nd, 2012

42:56

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 …

24: Storage Wars

July 24th, 2012

34:57

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 …

23: That's How An Addict Thinks

July 19th, 2012

42:52

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 …

22: It's The Hole Up There

July 12th, 2012

42:50

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 …

21: The Pens That Shall Not be Named

July 5th, 2012

39:48

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, …

20: Myke's Top 5 Pens

June 21st, 2012

35:47

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.

Links and Show Notes

In this episode, …

19: Brad's Top 5 Pens

June 21st, 2012

38:02

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.

Links and Show Notes

In this …

18: Breaking The Bank

June 14th, 2012

45:05

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 …

17: Sketchnoting With Mike Rohde

June 7th, 2012

46:50

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 …

16: Kickstart My Heart

May 31st, 2012

45:15

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 …

15: Casing the Joint

May 24th, 2012

41:58

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 …

14: Vanished in Customs

May 17th, 2012

37:37

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.

Links and Show Notes

In this …

13: The Back to Work Kit

May 10th, 2012

43:15

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 …

12: Houston, We Have A Fountain Pen Problem

May 3rd, 2012

35:55

In this episode Brad talks about his latest purchases - yes, two more fountain pens. The guys also answer reader questions around interesting barrel …

11: Analog vs Digital

April 24th, 2012

31:15

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 …

10: The Major Haul

April 18th, 2012

38:40

In this episode Brad recaps his highly successful - if not bank breaking - trip to the Atlanta Pen Show and Myke elaborates on his newfound …

9: Get The Lead Out

April 12th, 2012

45:30

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.

Links and Show Notes

In this episode Brad discusses his …

8: Retro Style

April 5th, 2012

31:04

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.

Links and …

7: Not Your Grandfather's Fountain Pen

March 29th, 2012

34:41

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.

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6: Multi-Pen, Multi-Tasking

March 22nd, 2012

36:23

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 …

5: The Daily Carry

March 8th, 2012

28:13

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.

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4: Paper Chase

March 1st, 2012

36:54

In this episode of the The Pen Addict, Myke delves deeper into his habit with two new purchases, and Brad discusses what types of paper he enjoys the most.

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3: No Joy on the Pen Aisle

February 23rd, 2012

32:43

In Episode 3, Brad and Myke chat about Myke's latest addition to his pen arsenal and why Brad is bored every time he goes pen shopping at the store.

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2: My Favorite Pens

February 16th, 2012

37:24

In this episode of The Pen Addict, Brad and Myke discuss Brad's current favorite pens, elaborate on some of the Glossary terms from Episode 1, and answer reader mail.

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1: Glossary

February 9th, 2012

33:00

On the first episode of The Pen Addict, Brad and Myke introduce who they are and give a little background in to how this show was concieved. They go on to give you some hints of what's to expect over the coming weeks …

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