For decades and decades, the PaperMate pen has been the standard of the ball point pen industry. I wonder if anyone has noticed a problem that has developed with PaperMate pens in recent years. If you put the pen to paper and start to write, it won't work. No ink comes out. Before you can write with the pen, you have to first "start" it by finding a piece of scrap paper and then moving the point of the pen over the piece of scrap paper in back and forth scriggles or circles, in order to get the ink flowing. If you finally get the sucker going, and then you set it down for any time longer than six seconds, you have to "re-start" it all over again when you want to pick it up and start writing again. I have tried other ball point pens. They don't do this. They write from the git-go every time. You don't have to "start" them at all. What's up with PaperMate? If anyone knows anyone at PaperMate, I would suggest cluing them in on the fact that their product, which used to be great, now SUCKS. Has anyone else noticed this problem with PaperMate pens?