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How to Fix Dried-Up Ink Pens

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We’ve all been there. You have a perfectly usable pen that won’t write. It still has ink in the cartridge, but no amount of scribbling will get it flowing again. If this sounds familiar, here are a few ideas to revive your beloved ballpoint.
What you'll need: 
A rubber-soled shoe or rubber eraser
A sheet of paper
A sunny windowsill
Hot, running tap water
A candle or a lighter
Matches
A saucepan of boiling water
A plastic sandwich bag with zip closure
1: 
First things first, try marking on a rubber surface, such as an eraser or the bottom of a shoe. Often, this is all it takes.
2: 
If, upon inspection, you find that the ball of your pen is caked with gooey ink, simply press the point firmly on a sheet of paper to free the jammed ball.
3: 
Ink viscosity can be affected by changes in temperature. Try leaving the pen on a warm windowsill or, if sunshine is hard to come by, hold the end under hot, running tap water.
4: 
An open flame can also do the trick. Using a candle, a match, or a cigarette lighter, expose the pen’s tip to the heat for a few seconds.
5: 
If all else fails, toss the problem pen into a plastic sandwich bag. Immerse the bag in a saucepan of boiling water for no more than 5 minutes. Remove the bag and allow the pen to cool. Follow the instructions in step 2 to get the ink to flow.
Conclusion: 
If nothing seems to bring your pen back to life but you just can’t part with it, a variety of ink refills can be purchased from your local stationer or office supply store.
Warnings: 
Do not bake, boil, or otherwise expose your pen to heat for longer than the time recommended. This can result in personal bodily injury and a really big mess.

Comments

great

step 4 worked great. my really thin pens tend to get blocked up all the time but a few seconds on a flame fixes them up straight away :)

Fantastic! I'm so glad it

Fantastic! I'm so glad it worked for you! :o)

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