Papermate Write Brothers ball point pens have been a favorite of mine since they started making them. When I first bought them, I was amazed at how smooth they write and how consistent the ink flows, especially since they are a lower-priced pen. It is actually a joy to write with them. I have never gotten a bad pen in a package of these. Each pen writes for a long time. I found one the other day in an old purse that I had stored in my closet in a box for several years. I tested it to see if it would work, and sure enough, it still works, after at least 5 years of being unused. I highly recommend buying these if you buy disposable pens.