Pencil Pusher

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Shoot son, you all slow as molasses.
The Engineer on the enemy's intellect

The Pencil Pusher is a community-created cosmetic item for the Engineer. It removes the Engineer's default hard hat, giving him thinning grey hair and a pencil tucked behind his right ear.

The Pencil Pusher was contributed to the Steam Workshop.

Update history

October 13, 2011 Patch #1 (Manniversary Update & Sale)

  • The Pencil Pusher was added to the game.

February 9, 2012 Patch

  • [Undocumented] The Pencil Pusher no longer falls off on death.
  • [Undocumented] The Pencil Pusher is no longer marked as paintable.

November 12, 2013 Patch

July 8, 2014 Patch

August 21, 2014 Patch #1

  • Updated the equip_region for The Pencil Pusher.
  • [Undocumented] Updated the item type of the Pencil Pusher.

July 7, 2016 Patch #1 (Meet Your Match Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.


  • The upper half of the hair is misplaced slightly above the goggles, exposing a thin line of the Engineer's default bald head.


  • "Pencil pusher" is a slang term for a person with a clerical job involving a lot of tedious and repetitive paperwork.
  • The item's description is a reference to the phrase "measure twice, cut once", a term often used in carpentry. More generally, the phrase refers to planning and preparing in a careful manner before taking action.