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#1 humsin

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:22

Hi all engineers!!! What is the ideal pen for engineers?
The pen I write with, is the pen I use to sign my name.

#2 hari317

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:36

any pen that writes reliably without fuss is ideal.

engineers are of various types, ones with desk jobs, field jobs etc. the pens suitable will depend on that as well.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:54

Lamy Al-stars seem to be fitting for engineers. For some reasons, I feel that way.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:04

Rotring 600, early model with the knurled grip section.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:50

Kaweco AL Sport. An engineer friend loves mine.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 11:18

I've heard from very sound sources that All engineers will actually unconsciously, reflexively, soil themselves from just seeing the Snorkel tube extend and retract.

In fact, there's actually video evidence of it. Here is an entire engineering department worshiping at The Holy Temple of the Snorkel.



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Posted 06 August 2012 - 12:37

As a civil engineer who now spends most of his time sitting at a desk, I use my bronze Visconti Homo Sapiens w/ an XF nib (I also have/use the matching MP). I like the HS’s material and filling system. But I also like using my long cigar Nakaya with an XF nib - better for detailed writing and a total different feel from the HS.



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Posted 06 August 2012 - 13:18

A Rotring pencil

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 13:25

Anything with an EF, XF, or XXF nib. For my work life, a Sailor 1911 EF nib and Pelikan Brilliant Black is my standby. I had Mike Masuyama grind a MB 146 nib down to the point where only hawks and eagles could see the line. That works great, but only with the densest black ink.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 13:36

I'm in complete agreement with Bruce on this one. What engineer wouldn't love the Snorkel? A Demonstartor, preferrably . . .

For field work, A TWSBI 540 would fill the bill nicely, though. Problems with brittle plastics notwithstanding, the TWSBI is beautifully engineered.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 13:43

Purely on stereotype I'd say one of those tri-pens.

However, as a mech. engineer I must confess I "actually unconsciously, reflexively, soil myself from just seeing the Snorkel tube extend and retract".
Snorks have frequent presence in my weekly rotation eventhough there´s a Vacumatic in my desk right now.
I keep a Sonnet flighter in the drawer for the more agressive environment found in field trips.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 14:46

Namiki VP, with Richard's Itali-fine nib.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 14:58

Rotring 600.
Rotring 900.

'Nuff said.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 20:00

Software
Mechanical
Civil
Aviation
Network
Aerospace
Electronics
Marine
Train Driver ( an engineer )

And thats only part of the problem.

Not all engineers are desk jobs, either travel or working in the field.

I cant use fp's in the field, because they dont write on a lot of surfaces so I have to use felt tip pens.

But my desk has, lamy, parker sonat, m800, twsbi 540 + 700, twsbi mechanical pencils, faber castle 2mm clutch pencil and sharpener, caran d'arche fixpencile...
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 23:06

Hi all engineers!!! What is the ideal pen for engineers?


Speaking in broad terms, the ideal type of pen for engineers is a ballpoint. (Yeah, I said it! :P) I enjoy using a fountain pen when I'm at my desk, but my pen is the last thing I want to think about when I'm working on the bench or in the field.

That said, the FP's I have found that are most suitable for work (as an engineer) are my pens with hooded nibs (Lamy 2000 & Parker 51) and my Pilot VP. The Lamy 2000's styling (simple, rugged, understated) and philosophy (form follows function) make it a great engineer's pen in my eyes. The Pilot VP beats every other pen in terms of convenience (with the retractable nib) and it looks pretty slick in matte black B) .

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 23:26

Mechanical Engineer here, working for a consultancy.

START

if
Location = At my desk
then
Pen = Sheaffer Valor.

if
Location = Client meeting
then
Pen = Parker Sonnet in Sterling Silver Ciselé

if
Location = Clambering around dirty old power plant
then
Pen = Hero 616

else
Pen = Parker 75 in sterling ciselé

END

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 03:26

Could people going "OMG ROTRING 600" please tell us why?
"I hope to add some measure of grace to the world. . . . Whether I win or lose does not matter, only that I follow the quest."

Looking for a Sheaffer Sovereign II Gray Pearl with an EF nib.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 03:49

Could people going "OMG ROTRING 600" please tell us why?


As an Engineer, my first thought was the RotRing 600. They are built like a tank and just look like an Engineers tool. (Especially when matched up with the Mech Pencil!)

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 04:18

My grandpa, a civil engineer, always had one of these tucked above his ear. It's cheap and gives you a good excuse to whittle throughout the workday. Of course, he also kept a Ticonderoga #2 in his pocket (with a pencil clip) for finer details when he was surveying, etc.

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#20 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 08:38

foutainbel bulk filler, a pen made by an engineer for engineers
Pens are like watches , once you start a collection, you can hardly go back. And pens like all fine luxury items do improve with time
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Posted 21 August 2012 - 08:48

What I'm thinking is, what pen suits the "status" of an engineer? What's a pen that someone can see and go like, "this guy's an engineer!!"?
The pen I write with, is the pen I use to sign my name.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 11:45

What I'm thinking is, what pen suits the "status" of an engineer? What's a pen that someone can see and go like, "this guy's an engineer!!"?


Couldn't have said it better myself. As an engineering student I look for:
1) Immediate starting
2) Dry flow
3) Fine lines
4) High ink capacity.

That's a Pelikan with a tweaked and ground nib. In my case, a blue stripe m605. With Sailor Nano ink ('cause it's cool)

Engineers look for function, or at least they should. Not for stereotypes...

'Nuff said.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 14:15

I would say a pencil or fineliner such as those made by Staedtler and Rotring. I think many aspects of FPs would be distracting to the serious engineer.
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Posted 21 August 2012 - 14:28


What I'm thinking is, what pen suits the "status" of an engineer? What's a pen that someone can see and go like, "this guy's an engineer!!"?


Couldn't have said it better myself. As an engineering student I look for:
1) Immediate starting
2) Dry flow
3) Fine lines
4) High ink capacity.

That's a Pelikan with a tweaked and ground nib. In my case, a blue stripe m605. With Sailor Nano ink ('cause it's cool)

Engineers look for function, or at least they should. Not for stereotypes...

'Nuff said.

Jack.


So basically...Lamy 2000
The pen I write with, is the pen I use to sign my name.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 01:00

Sheaffer Snorkel, yes it is complicated and we dearly love that. No wasting half of your ink wiping the feed/section after every fill. Clean, well planned, neat, organized, proper, reliable. Unlike any fill system, the Touchdown does not contaminate your ink with ink from the pen like simple piston fillers do.

Pelikan with the ink window. A Pelikan demonstrator is even better. Ultimate toy and so visual and impressive to show in meetings.

Visconti with the piston that allows ink bypass and then locks the ink behind itself for air travel. Very highly rated for play value during meetings with management.

Sheaffers and Pelikans made to last a lifetime, piston fillers, no cartridges or cheeky converters please. We demand the real thing.

Namiki retracting nib pens have some appeal due to moving parts and could be considered by some types of engineers.

Such a cool topic. I carry two Sheaffers every day. Snorkels or Imperials with Triumph nibs. LIfe is good!

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 01:13


As an engineering student I look for:
1) Immediate starting
2) Dry flow
3) Fine lines
4) High ink capacity.


Jack.


So basically...Lamy 2000


Not quite. The Lamy 2000 fails dismally at numbers 2 and 3... (especially 3)

I've tried so many times to get along with the L2K... It's just not practical for serious work. But it sure is nice to look at :)

Jack



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Posted 22 August 2012 - 10:50

At least for myself, I habitually carry a Sheaffer Clipper (Snorkel), and have a Parker 51 in my pen case. The pen case also holds a rotation including a Safari, a Rotring Initial, and a Noodler's Konrad. There's also always something (like an Ahab or Manuscript calligraphy pen) loaded with an "emphasis" color.

But if it's just a single pen, and there are no concerns about damage, it's just the Clipper.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 15:37

My colleagues, engineers all, love the Lamy Vista. It is cheap, well engineered, durable, practical and you can see it working.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 20:24

The ideal pen for an engineer? On the basis of my engineering coleagues, a ball point.

However, I know as a mechanical engineer I prefer hooded nibs. The toughest & most machineshop tolerant pen I have come across is a P51. It is great in a design office too.

Regards,

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 00:56

The ideal pen for an engineer? On the basis of my engineering coleagues, a ball point.

However, I know as a mechanical engineer I prefer hooded nibs. The toughest & most machineshop tolerant pen I have come across is a P51. It is great in a design office too.

Regards,

Richard.



Something lingers in my head telling me that a P51 is too precious and fragile to use in my everyday life!
The pen I write with, is the pen I use to sign my name.