Here's are some tricks...
September 2, 2012
Here's are some tricks I've discovered that will help the skipping. First off,
the skipping will typically happen for me when I haven't used a particular color
for a while. Put a tiny drop of water on some sturdy scrap paper and slowly
doodle in little circles within that droplet. You're getting the roller ball
moist again. Do this for a solid minute. If it doesn't work immediately, try
it up to 3 times.
If THAT doesn't work, start but running the the same pen over a very fine-grit
sandpaper (I use the little pad of sand papers I keep with my colored pencils
for this). You don't have to do it much, just enough so that you would be able
to "scratch" off any dried, built-up ink stuck to the entire ball surface.
Follow by rubbing the tip of the pen with a paper towel to get off any scratched
off bits. Next, do the water drop thing.
If even those tricks together don't work, and the following has only failed for
me twice in umpteen years, bang that pen into a thickish wad of paper. Yes, the
roller ball tip. It COULD ruin the pen for good, but it could also be the jolt
needed to get the ink flowing again. Besides, at this point you'd be pretty
frustrated and ready to toss it in the trash anyway :)
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