Mis-draws

English translation: pins with defects resulting from faults in the process of drawing the steel during manufacture

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English term or phrase:Mis-draws
English translation:pins with defects resulting from faults in the process of drawing the steel during manufacture
Entered by: Charles Davis

04:16 Sep 22, 2018
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English term or phrase: Mis-draws
Some of the customers browsing the book racks (*Mis-draws*, Double Pointers and Flaws, Pins of Uberwald and Genua, First Steps in Pins, Adventures in Acuphilia . . .) and staring covetously at the rack of pins laid out under glass had an intensity of expression that frightened him.
--quoted from Going Postal (2004, fantasy fiction) by Terry Pratchett (link: https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&ei=xr6lW8eFKKrSrgTu0Yv...

These names in the brackets should be titles of books or magazines for pin collectors/fans. What does "mis-draws" mean here, and how is it connected with pins?
Thank you!
updownK
China
Local time: 15:39
pins with defects resulting from faults in the process of drawing the steel during manufacture
Explanation:
Pins are made from steel wire. The thickness of the wire is first reduced to the required diameter by drawing it, that is, pulling it through a die (a block with a small aperture), producing a thinner wire. Then this thin wire is cut into pieces of the right size to make pins. One end of each piece is sharpened and a head is put on the other end, and you have a pin.

"Mis-draws" presumably means that something went wrong during this process of drawing the wire to make it thinner. "Mis-" is a common prefix in English to express a fault:

"Mis- is added to some verbs and nouns to form new verbs and nouns which indicate that something is done badly or wrongly."
https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/mis_2

Perhaps there was a defect in the steel or the process was not carried out correctly. Whatever the exact reason, the pins are defective. Here is a clear account of the process of manufacturing pins:
http://www.madehow.com/Volume-7/Straight-Pin.html
And here are a couple of references on drawing in metalworking:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drawing_(manufacturing)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_(manufacturing)

As Phil suggested in the other question, this seems to be a kind of parody of the mentality of collectors, who value defective specimens for their rarity. In fields like stamp collecting or coin collecting, terms of this kind are used to refer to specific defects. What is amusing here is the idea of people applying this kind of specialised terminology to collecting pins, which to most people would not seem worth the trouble.
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Charles Davis
Spain
Local time: 09:39
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Thank a lot, Charles! It's so detail and clear!
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mis-draws
pins with defects resulting from faults in the process of drawing the steel during manufacture


Explanation:
Pins are made from steel wire. The thickness of the wire is first reduced to the required diameter by drawing it, that is, pulling it through a die (a block with a small aperture), producing a thinner wire. Then this thin wire is cut into pieces of the right size to make pins. One end of each piece is sharpened and a head is put on the other end, and you have a pin.

"Mis-draws" presumably means that something went wrong during this process of drawing the wire to make it thinner. "Mis-" is a common prefix in English to express a fault:

"Mis- is added to some verbs and nouns to form new verbs and nouns which indicate that something is done badly or wrongly."
https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/mis_2

Perhaps there was a defect in the steel or the process was not carried out correctly. Whatever the exact reason, the pins are defective. Here is a clear account of the process of manufacturing pins:
http://www.madehow.com/Volume-7/Straight-Pin.html
And here are a couple of references on drawing in metalworking:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drawing_(manufacturing)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_(manufacturing)

As Phil suggested in the other question, this seems to be a kind of parody of the mentality of collectors, who value defective specimens for their rarity. In fields like stamp collecting or coin collecting, terms of this kind are used to refer to specific defects. What is amusing here is the idea of people applying this kind of specialised terminology to collecting pins, which to most people would not seem worth the trouble.

Charles Davis
Spain
Local time: 09:39
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PRO pts in category: 236
Grading comment
Thank a lot, Charles! It's so detail and clear!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  B D Finch
1 hr
  -> Thanks!

agree  Tony M: Great, Charles! I must have come back to the question and failed to refresh before posting in the discussion, so i didn't see your anewer till this morning.
1 day 1 hr
  -> Many thanks, Tony! (Sorry if my note sounded a bit sniffy; I didn't mean it like that at all and I was sure you hadn't seen my answer, but you know how some people get round here :-) )
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