I've purchased a number of Jinhao pens (and a few Baoers) in recent months via eBay. I like the way they write (with one or two exceptions) but they seem to dry out very quickly. (My Parker 51, TWSBI Mini, and Pilot Varsities can go a long time without use and start right up. I haven't even found how long is too long!)
Generally, re: my Jinhao's and Baoers:
- If not used for a day or two, they'll start hard.
- If not used for 2 or 3 days, they'll need priming (twisting the convertor or running the nib under water)
- They seem to do a little better when stored horizontally rather than vertically.
- No, it's not an issue of the ink "sticking" to the rear of the converter because I've gotten into the habit of shaking them downward before use.
- I don't think it's a broken inner lid--they still have a satisfying snap when opening and closing. I also opened one to verify and the inner cap was fine.
So, is this merely the reality of cheap pens not sealing particularly well? I've seen some folks talking about the converters being (partly?) to blame. Can y'all advise and help me improve this issue?
Postscript: I'm using Jinhao x450s, x750s, 159, and Baoer 801, 508.