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 replaces the Engineer's hard hat with grey thinning 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.

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.


  • A Pencil Pusher is a slang term for an office worker.
  • The item's description is a reference to the phrase "Measure twice, cut once", a term often used in carpentry.
  • A small number of Pencil Pushers have paint applied, due to the item originally being marked as paintable. However, due to the textures not being set up for paint, there is no difference in the appearance when in-game.