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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.

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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.

Bruce in Ocala, FL ;)

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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

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.


Location = At my desk
Pen = Sheaffer Valor.

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

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

Pen = Parker 75 in sterling ciselé


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Posted 07 August 2012 - 03:26

Could people going "OMG ROTRING 600" please tell us why?
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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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Posted 07 August 2012 - 08:38

foutainbel bulk filler, a pen made by an engineer for engineers
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