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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
A saucepan of boiling water
A plastic sandwich bag with zip closure
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.



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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