I really love my old ball pens. They are broken in. They flow so smoothly and glide over the paper. But when I get a new ball pen, in the beginning it is scratchy until it is used enough to make it flow really easily. It is so irritating.
It there anyway to make a new ball pen perform just like an old ball pen?
The one thing that helps me a lot with this issue is to use the pen against the sole of my shoe, I really don't know why or how it works. I was given this tip as a kid by an older friend and I've done it ever since. Draw a couple of lines on your sole and they're gonna start coming out smoother and smoother with each "stroke" you do. I've done it on running shoes, dress shoes, and boots.
It is very often that the ball point pen that we purchase may not be having smooth ink flow. So I usually rub it against window pane, until I am satisfied. Window pane I meant is shown below. Also do remember to clean it if ink is present on glass. This heats up nib of pen and the related portion of solid ink if any present.Thus making flow of ink smoother.