Zero Edisons but that's irrelevant. I've owned probably about 6/7 Lamy, 10 Bock, 2 Pelikan, and about 8 or 9 Jowo. Edison are Jowo nibs that have been 'tweaked' by Brian, but there is only so much you can polish a <bleep>, especially with a feed that bad. It's never going to become a Sailor or something decent. If Edisons were made more for writing than for gifts and display, they would at least put half decent nibs in them to match the quality of the barrels rather than going for the classic corner-cutting Walmart style choice of Jowo and Bock.
I don't doubt for one second that Mr Edison doesn't take utmost care and have passion for his work, though, but he's showcasing his barrels above all else.
I think we'll have to disagree on this: I have quite a few JoWo nibs, and they're almost without exception good-to-great writers. The two Edison nib assemblies I bought really are smoother than their comparable 'generic' compatriots, though. If you've never used one, you're talking completely out of ignorance - but hey, why let that stop you?
Bock and JoWo supply nibs to a significant portion of the market, and do so in one of three ways: (1) custom designed to specification (e.g. Diplomat pens, which until recently I assumed were Bock nibs, but apparently they're supplied by JoWo); (2) generic nibs that get shoved into a pen body by the pen manufacturer and shipped out to the end user (think most Kickstarter pens, for starters!); and (3) generic nibs (possibly custom branded) that the pen manufacturer adjusts to their (or their buyer's) tastes. This is what companies like Edison, Newton, Ryan Krusac (I think) and others do. Again, you're entitled to your view, but I don't believe *any* of these guys design their pens to be admired from afar - they put effort into adjusting the nibs because they want the writing experience to be great, and they stand behind their products. How many Jinhao pens have you sent back to Jinhao for adjustments to flow or smoothness?
To be fair, I think it's also worth pointing out that the nib assemblies cost US$25 (while bare JoWo nibs cost around US$15) - so it's the pen bodies that account for the bulk of the price - but I'd say it's *un*fair to say he's "cutting corners" by using JoWo or Bock nibs.
Once flushed Jinhaos are great, and rarely have the issues of magnitude so prevalent in the above. They're made for a population that actually write with them, and that's the important point.
I've mentioned briefly above about some of the points here, but the drying out issues has been discussed before a few times I recall. The alleged common factor in drying out appears to be the C/C system rather than anything specific to Jinhao. I don't think I'm being unfair at all.
I've rarely had a problem with a Jinhao nib - they're surprisingly smooth for the price - but I find their #6 nibs either too broad or too fine for my tastes (I tend to prefer EFs or stubs), and they only seem to come in one size. *That's* a Walmart approach if anything is!
I think the ink dryout problem has more to do with caps that don't seal properly than the C/C system - but that may also be a factor.