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The Pen Addict Podcast: Episode 125 - Made by a Guy Named Brian

Myke and I welcome another Mike back to the show, this time the one and only Mr. Mike Dudek. We talk about his recent deep dive into vintage Pilot fountain pens and whether or not his formidable Rotring collection stand a chance against this Japanese stalwart. We also discuss the making of Myke's custom pen, and the arrival of the INK on our respective desks.

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Posted on October 21, 2014 and filed under Podcast.

Pen Chalet (Sponsor)

If you are a Pen Addict Podcast listener then you know how great Pen Chalet is. They carry all of the top pen brands such as Aurora, Delta, Kaweco, Lamy, Pilot, Pelikan - the list goes on and on. And the best part? They are an authorized dealer of all the brands they carry so you know you are getting quality goods backed by great customer service.

Sailor manufactures some of my favorite fountain pens on the planet and Pen Chalet stocks the full lineup. Their latest release, the Pro Gear Sky, is a beautiful blue demonstrator with Rhodium trim, and comes in all three barrel sizes - Slim, Standard, and King of Pen. Everyone needs a Sailor in their life.

A proud brand that has climbed back into prominence, Shaeffer is designing pens that make you pay attention. The Shaeffer Taranis features a sleek, modern design with a unique hooded nib. Also available in ballpoint and rollerball models, it is a striking pen that is sure to create envy among your friends.

Pen Chalet stocks everything you need for a wonderful writing experience. From fountain pens and rollerballs, to paper, ink, refills, and accessories they have you covered. Pen Chalet has a page full of special offers exclusively for readers of the Pen Addict. Hit the link and see what you discover!

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Posted on October 20, 2014 and filed under Featured Sponsor.

Kaweco AL Sport Stonewashed Roller Ball Pen Review

Finding the perfect pocket pen is a challenge. Most of us only carry one. Should it be a ballpoint that will write in almost any situation? A fountain pen that will give you the writing experience you crave? Or a rollerball that is a bit of a mix between the two?

I’ve carried a fountain pen for the most part for the past couple of years, either the Kaweco AL Sport or, more recently, the Kaweco Liliput Brass Wave with a custom nib grind. Now that the AL Sport Roller Ball comes in the awesome Stonewashed finish I wanted to see if it could break into what has been a fountain pen only rotation. Short version: It can, and it has.

If it wasn’t already obvious, Kaweco not only makes great pens, but many of their models are perfect for every day carry. The AL Sport Stonewashed Roller has the same great build quality as its counterparts. The aluminum barrel has a solid feel, threads nicely, and can take a beating on the go and not skip a beat when it is time to write or draw. Just what I want in a pocket pen.

What makes the AL Sport Roller a real contender is the use of a Parker compatible refill. It ships with a Kaweco-branded Schmidt roller in medium, which on its own provides a smooth, dark line. It’s too wide for me, so I swapped it immediately with a Moleskine 0.5 mm gel refill in black and went to town. If you prefer the pressurized ballpoint of the Space Pen Refill that is an option too. Any Parker-style refill fits, making this a customizable EDC workhorse.

Kaweco pens are built for this. They are durable, long lasting, and flat-out beautiful. The AL Sport line is made for the pocket as much as they are made for writing when it is time to get down to business.

(JetPens is a sponsor of The Pen Addict and I received this product at no charge.)

Posted on October 20, 2014 and filed under AL Sport, Kaweco, Fountain Pens, Pen Reviews.

Doane Paper Utility Notebook Small Color 6 Pack Winners

In case you didn't know it already, Chad Doane is from Kansas City, and his Royals have made the World Series for the first time since 1985. Congrats to all of my KC friends and followers - I'll be rooting for you in the Series! (Sorry Mr. Snell)

But you aren't here for baseball talk, are you? Tell me who won the awesome Doane Paper Utility Notebook Small Color 6 Packs already! Ok fine, here are the three winners:


Congratulations gang! You have one week to get in touch with your mailing address, which I will pass on to Chad for shipping.

Thanks to all who entered and big thanks to Chad for offering up his great products for readers of The Pen Addict.

Posted on October 19, 2014 and filed under Doane Paper, Giveaways.