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The Pen Addict Podcast: Episode 122 - It Physically Hurts My Head

What started out as a rollicking episode about secret pens, blinding Field Notes, broad nibs, and amazing reader emails morphed into an Inside Baseball look at my blog. I felt like I was on an episode of Analog(ue) as I discussed the feeling and emotions around the changes I made last week. It's good stuff, if I am allowed to say so myself.

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Posted on September 30, 2014 and filed under Podcast.

XOXO 2014 Field Notes Giveaway

The further I get away from the 2014 XOXO Festival the more I realize what it was truly about. The conference was great, the social activities were a blast, but the people I met - that is what is going to stick with me the most from my trip out to Portland.

I spent a lot of time hanging out with Sarah from Candyspotting (SHE CUTS PAPER WITH LASERS!!!) who served as a gracious host and official Portland tour guide, along with her wonderful family. She also challenged the way I think and opened my eyes to so many things. We made fast friends, and have been in touch frequently since XOXO to discuss what we took away from the festival. That is what it is all about.

Sarah knows full well that the readers of The Pen Addict are Field Notes junkies and she was kind enough to offer up her sealed 3-pack of XOXO 2014 Edition Field Notes for a giveaway. How cool is that?

Here is how you can win one of the most unique Field Notes editions I have ever laid eyes on:

  1. Leave one comment on this post anytime between now, and Saturday night at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. You are limited to one entry. This contest is open to US and International readers.

  2. For this contest, I will pick one winner at random from the comments section of this post. The comments will be numbered in the order they are received, i.e. the first comment is #1, the second #2, and so on. The Random Integer Generator at will be used to pick the number of the winner.

  3. The contest winner will be posted on Sunday, October 5th. The winner will have one week to email me via the Contact link at the top of the page.

Sarah didn't ask me to link to her site but I am. Check out her work at Candyspotting if you want your mind blown. I have seen her work in person and it is jaw-dropping. Thanks for doing this Sarah!

Posted on September 30, 2014 and filed under Giveaways, Field Notes.

BIGiDESIGN Ti POST RAW Pen + Stylus (Sponsor)

Chadwick Parker and Joe Huang are the masterminds behind BIGiDESIGN. Their highly successful pen lineup features beautiful designs and the highest quality materials. Their latest pen - the Ti-POST Raw Pen + Stylus - is the epitome of what BIGiDESIGN is all about.

The Ti POST RAW Pen + Stylus is a solid titanium pen in a timeless raw finish. It accepts just about any refill you can throw at it without the need for any modifications or hacks. The cap posts nicely on the back with or without the removable stylus tip. This pen is built to last and pass down to future generations to come.

Head over to BIGiDESIGN and check out the Ti POST RAW Pen + Stylus plus the rest of their wonderful pen and accessory lineup. Use the code "penaddict" at checkout for $5 off your order over $50. All orders come with FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING! Be sure to choose the US or International site depending on your location.

My thanks to BIGiDESIGN for sponsoring The Pen Addict blog this week.

Posted on September 29, 2014 and filed under Featured Sponsor.

Zebra Sarasa Push Clip Gel Ink Pen Red Orange Review

One of the staples in my vast pen arsenal is the Zebra Sarasa Push Clip. Many of you have seen a Zebra Sarasa at your local big box retailer, and while it is a good pen, it is not the same as the Push Clip model.

The primary difference between the two pens is the sharpness of the refill. For some reason, the refills in the Push Clip model lay down a sharper line than similar sized standard Sarasa models. The edges of the line are cleaner, and that is important to me. It makes for better looking handwriting for sure.

Secondarily, there is more everything in the Push Clip line. The recent stocking of the 0.4 mm Red Orange model at JetPens is a prime example. The full lineup includes tip sizes at 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm, and 1.0 mm AND in a rainbow of colors for each size. On top of that, they are retractable, have a nice rubber grip, and a binder-style clip that can fit on small or large items. So, if you want to grab a red orange 0.4 mm retractable pen with a clip, Zebra has you covered.

0.4 mm is the sweet spot for me in the Push Clip lineup. I keep several colors handy in every spot I write at, including both my home and work desks. Red orange gets heavy use at work marking up documents along with blue black, which is one pf my primary writers. I can't say enough positive things about this pen and for about two bucks it is well worth checking out.

(JetPens is an advertiser on The Pen Addict and I received this product at no charge.)

Posted on September 29, 2014 and filed under Zebra, Sarasa, Pen Reviews.