Pushpins are essential to any office, classroom, studio, and dorm room. With a plastic or aluminum head and a sharp metal point, pushpins are used on maps, bulletin boards, and calendars. The humble pushpin, precursor of the thumbtack, was invented and patented in 1900 by Edwin Moore of Newark, New Jersey. Moore’s original pins were made of glass and steel, and he referred to his creation as a “pin with a handle.” After making and selling his invention for several years, Moore founded the Moore Push-Pin company in 1904. Today pushpins are used in work spaces across the world. Browse our roundup of the best products below.
1. Moore 4-100 Pushpins
Moore’s American-made 400-series pushpins come in a pack of 100. These rust-resistant pins have an aluminum head and a useful 3/8-inch steel tip that’s well sized for corkboards and bulletin boards.
2. Business Source Clear Pushpins
With a clear plastic head and a steel point, these pins are great for a barely-there look. With 3/8-inch tips well sized for bulletin boards, these pushpins are great for office and home use. Sold in a pack of 100, they come in a convenient lidded box that makes storage and organization easy.
3. Officemate Pushpins
With twice the number of pins at a price not far from the Business Source option above, this pack delivers great value. The steel-tipped pins, in colors that go beyond run-of-the-mill primaries, will add a contemporary accent to bulletin and cork boards.
4. Midwest Products Grip Pins
These 50 sleek, U.S.-made pushpins are built for precision. Made with proportionally longer dimensions, these pins are especially useful to craftspeople and hobbyists looking to hold their work in place after gluing. Designed with a red cone-shaped head, this pin is kind to fingers and easy to spot when it is time to remove it.
5. Moore 5-100 Pushpins
Another product from the original pushpin brand, Moore’s 5/8-inch steel point pushpin is a perfect choice for heavy-duty pinning. Featuring a longer point than Moore’s 4-100 series, these can penetrate tough materials like wood. These pins are so strong you can even hammer the head to achieve a more secure hold.