Size Does Matter – Caran d’Ache Madison

January 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

With the continued development of our Caran d’Ache fountain pen offer at, just prior to Christmas we took the Madison models into stock.  The Madison is an established style from the Swiss pen specialists and is a petite-medium sized pen with a brass barrel core that is finished in either plated or lacquered decoration.

Caran d'Ache Madison and Leman pens

Caran d'Ache Madison and Leman fountain pens - comparison

What has particularly drawn our attention to the Madison is the stylistic relationship with the popular Caran d’Ache’s Leman pens.  The Leman is an established and popular style offering stunning quality with an 18 coat, lacquered finish that you can see your face in. Generously proportioned, this is a pen with unquestionable presence.  However, for some users, its generosity is too much to handle!  Enter the Madison Bi-color.  The styling notes are extremely similar, as is its quality and finish.  The principle difference is dimensional.  The Leman fountain pen offers dimensions of 13.2 mm diameter and 47g weight while the Madison compares with 9mm diameter and 34g, although the lengths are similar.  Naturally there are differences in detail such as the silver plated grip and push-fit cap on the Madison but the silver plated 18kt gold nib performs just as would be expected from Caran d’Ache.  Despite its slender diameter, the Madison still offers the options of cartridge or convertor filling.

As far as we are aware, we are the only retailer to hold stock of the Madison Bi-Color and currently only have the black finish.  However, the silver plated models are more widely available should you wish to see the model ‘in the flesh’ before buying.  At, we hold stock of both the Bi-Colour and the Silver Plated Madison Cisele in both fountain pen and ballpoint formats, together with a full range of refills.

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