Paper Mate, with its recognizable two-hearts logo, has been providing progressive performance-driven pens, pencils and correction products for more than 60 years.

More than ever, Paper Mate is cherished for its long-standing commitment to keeping people connected via the written word. In an age when digital communication proliferates, there is still a passionate base of pen lovers who regale the power of the written word, both as a means of personal expression and an important learning tool.


The Frawley Pen Company started in the early 1940s, by Patrick J. Frawley, an entrepreneur who saw opportunities where others saw as obstacles, acquired a ballpoint pen parts manufacturer during a time when the ballpoint pen industry was struggling due to poor product performance and began the journey to find an improved ballpoint pen ink that would change the industry.

In 1949, a new pen called the Paper Mate® was born and transformed the ballpoint pen industry with a revolutionary instant-drying ink that did not leak. This would be the start of Paper Mate®'s love for writing and road to become a leading global writing instrument brand with innovation at it's core.

By 1953, the Paper Mate® pen became a household name with the biggest advertising budget spend in the pen history - $2 million! The campaigns featured famous celebrities such as TV personality George Burns, comedian Gracie Allen, and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor in a number of eye-catching ads!

The Paper Mate® Flair® Felt tip pen made its debut in 1966, helping brighten up writing! A consumer favorite to this day, it has maintained its iconic design and has continued to delight consumers with its dynamic range of colors and quick-drying water based ink that won't bleed through paper. The perfect tool for writers, drawers, doodlers and studiers!

In an effort to offer reliable writing to everyone Paper Mate® launched a major project in 1971 called the Write Bros.®, offering relibabilty and the versatility to handle writing tasks big and small becoming a dependable writing partner for generations. 

After more than a decade of research, Paper Mate® continues to lead industry technology and shocks the pen industry again with the Eraser Mate® erasable ballpoint pen in 1979, which writes like a pen but erases like a pencil.

Liquid Paper® joins the Paper Mate® family in 1980, making the Paper Mate's product portfolio even more robust with the addition of correction products, making every day writing a little easier.

In 1984, our classic yellow mechanical pencil SharpWriter® launched just in time for back to school. Its shock-absorbing tip protects against lead breakage and dispenses lead with a simple twist! It now comes in several fun colors!

Flexgrip® was introduced as one of the first rubberized barrel pens in the market in an effort to deliver extra comfort to consumers. Created with a soft, rubberized grip, it became one of the most comfortable grips available in the market in 1987.

In search for a smoother writing experience, Paper Mate® develops Lubriglide® in 1994, an all-new refill with a lubricated ink glide system, delivering bold, vivid lines without blobbing or skipping! Paper Mate® still uses this iconic ink today in several of our pen lines.

Paper Mate® is acquired by Newell Brands in 2000, where the brand is nurtured and established as a global writing instrument leader, helping consumers where they live, learn, work, and play.

With its vivid colors and clear barrel, the launch of Clearpoint® in 2000 introduced FUN to mechanical pencils! Years later, Clearpoint® continues to be a favorite as the #1 selling mechanical pencil.

In 2005, Paper Mate® launched one of the boldest and smoothest pens in the market with the Profile® 1.4mm pen in 12 vibrant colors!

Wanting to bring back the joy to writing, Paper Mate® launches a new product line "InkJoy®", with a revolutionary ink system that would give the best in effortless writing. Featuring colorful, ultra-low viscosity ink for a smooth, and enjoyable writing experience that keeps the thoughts flowing.

Paper Mate® InkJoy® Gel is launched to spread joy instead of smears with quick-drying gel ink. Featuring a brilliant gel ink that dries 3X faster, it's like a party on the page where smudges aren't invited. With 14 brilliant colors to choose from, your notes will be bright and filled with fun.

The newest addition to Paper Mate® is the Clearpoint® Color Lead Mechanical pencil with erasable colored leads! Writes and erases like a regular mechanical pencil, with 6 fun color options!