Anyone know about gel pens?
I have a bunch of gel pens that I've had for years...most are at least half full still.
And most of them no longer write. Just like all of a sudden they'll stop writing, no matter what I do, and I can't figure out why. Some stopped years and years ago, and some were still working and stopped recently. I have only a few left and I'm sure they'll stop soon enough as well.
Anyone know why this might happen? Do gel pens dry out? (I've always kept them capped and everything) I thought at first it happened because I used to keep them in my backpack in high school, which went between winter outside and warm inside, but the pens haven't been mobile since high school so that obviously doesn't explain those that just quit working. I think I've tried soaking them in warm water and such, but no luck. I also wondered if maybe it was one specific brand (as I thought I'd had it nailed down to them being the ones that didn't work) but I've got pens from at least four or five different brands and all have quit working.
I'd love to be able to use these pens again; I've got some pretty nifty colors and such. If this is what gel pens are like, though, I'm never buying them again!