Whilst we would usually advocate stocking up on plenty of ballpoint pen refills
to avoid this issue, these two simple tricks were so useful that we couldn't help but share them. In a nutshell, they will enable you to extend the life of your pen for that little bit longer and will hopefully get you out of some unfortunate binds!
Method 1 - the lighter technique
If your ballpoint pen refill is particularly new or hasn't be used that often, chances are that it isn't 'dead' at all, it's simply clogged up with some dry ink. Simply hold the flame from a cigarette lighter to the writing tip for a few seconds
. This should melt the ink on the ball and with a bit of good fortune, the pen should come back to life. Should you not have a lighter around, boiling water will have the same effect.
Method 2 - the sole of your shoe
No, seriously, stay with me on this one. We've all tried to revive a pen by scribbling furiously on a piece of paper, right? Make that frustration a thing of the past by simply using the sole of your shoe
(this is of course based on the assumption your shoes have rubber soles!). A combination of the increased friction and the pen's tip gripping more firmly to the rubber will quickly heat up the dried ink, ensuring your pen is ready to be used again.
And there we have it. Do you have any tips of your own to share? Please comment below.