Why does it not just write the moment I first try it?
|Further Reading: How Do Ballpoint Pens Work
Tips on how to get a pen to write again:
- Dip the tip in a drop of oil. Cooking oil is fine, any oil will do.
- Water can also work, but we suggest oil.
- Let it soak for 5-10 seconds, swirling it around in the drop of oil is best.
- Scribble vigorously on a piece of paper until the oil is gone and only ink starts to flow.
- If it does not start, then soak the tip in oil for 20 minutes and try again.
If this did not work, here are additional tips
- A second way to get a pen to start writing can be seen in the below video.
- If none of the above works, then warming the ink just a little can tried. You should remove the refill from the pen before you warm the ink. Warming it can thin the ink or melt a clog, allowing the ink to flow easily.
Here is a video. NOTE: We are NOT responsible for any damage to the pen or refill if you choose this method.
The table below summarizes some issues you might face when using a ballpoint pen and their solutions:
|Pen won't start
|Shake the pen gently to get the ink flowing
|Dry ballpoint tip
|Draw small circles on scrap paper to encourage ink flow
|Old or dried ink
|Soak the pen tip in warm water for a few minutes
|Air bubble in cartridge
|Tap the pen gently on a hard surface to release the air bubble
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