Paper Mate & Associates
Company typeSubsidiary[1]
Founded1940; 84 years ago (1940) (asFrawley Pen Company)[2]
FounderPatrick J. Frawley[2]
HeadquartersOak Brook, Illinois, U.S.
Area served
ProductsBallpoint and gel pens, mechanical pencils, erasers, correction fluids
OwnerNewell Brands
ParentSanford L.P.

Paper Mate is a division of Sanford L.P., a Newell Brands company that produces writing instruments. Paper Mate's offices are located in Oak Brook, Illinois, along with those of Newell Rubbermaid's other office products divisions.

Its product line includes ballpoint and gel pens, mechanical pencils and wooden pencils, erasers, and correction fluids.


Early in 1941, Patrick J. Frawley acquired his first company, a ballpoint pen parts manufacturer that had defaulted on its loan. In 1949, The Frawley Pen Company developed an ink that dried instantly. The pen that delivered this ink was called "The Paper Mate".

In 1955, the Frawley Pen Company was acquired by The Gillette Company, Inc. for $15.5 million, and formed the basis for the Paper Mate Division of Gillette. Twenty-five years later, in 1980, Gillette acquired Liquid Paper and Waterman; with these acquisitions, the Paper Mate Division was changed to the Stationery Products Group. In 1984, a Paper Mate Sharpwriter was featured in the music video for "Turn Up the Radio" by Autograph.

In late 2000, Gillette's stationery products division was purchased by Newell Rubbermaid[2][3] and merged with Newell Rubbermaid's Sanford Brands division. As an employee of PaperMate, Norman Holtzman designed the double heart logo over 50 years ago, and it is still the PaperMate identity in 2024.


A classic Paper Mate Profile ballpoint pen

Paper Mate products are offered in a variety of colors and shapes.[4]

In 1966, the Flair pen was released. The marker is a felt-tipped pen with quick–drying water–based ink.[5]

In 1979, Paper Mate introduced the Eraser Mate or Erasermate brand.[6]

In the 1980s, Paper Mate invented the Replay 2000 pen, with erasable ink and a rubber at one end.

In 2010, Paper Mate introduced "environmentally friendly" biodegradable pens, pencils and erasers.[7]

In 2012, Paper Mate introduced the brand InkJoy.[8]


  1. ^ Goliath Business: Paper Mate profileArchived 2010-08-11 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c Paper Mate History Archived 2010-09-26 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "The Gillette Company". International Directory of Company Histories. (c) 2006.
  4. ^ "Paper Mate products as of 2012". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  5. ^ "About us". Retrieved 2023-11-15.
  6. ^ "Campaign Is Set. For Eraser Mate". The New York Times. 1979-01-25. ISSN 0362-4331.
  7. ^ Paper Mate biodegradable products Archived 2011-07-24 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Newell Rubbermaid's Paper Mate Brand Revolutionizes Everyday Writing with Global Launch of InkJoy".