Tap. Tap. Tap.
Nothing comes out. What gives?
We have all encountered the feeling of dismay when our favorite ballpoint pen stops writing. We try everything in our power to fix it but even the tried and true scribble fails to help. You suspect that there should still be ink in the cartridge. That brings us to a couple dilemmas. First, why is the pen not working? Then, the obvious follow-up - what can we do to fix it?
In this article, we'll investigate the various reasons why a ballpoint pen will not write. Then, we'll suggest some tips and tricks to remedy the issue.
Let's get the easy one out of the way - if the ballpoint cartridge is visibly empty (or nearly empty), then it is time to replace the cartridge with a compatible ballpoint refill. Unfortunately, since most ballpoint pen cartridges have either a metal body or an opaque, plastic one, the ink level will not be visible. If you are unsure about the amount of ink in your pen, then attempt the following suggestions.