I sold nails to framing contractors. Lots of nails. Boatloads of nails over 35 years. I know nails if little else. Some nail facts will surprise you.
* sharp points will split the wood more than blunt points
* a deformed shank adds holding power
The shank can be deformed in many ways including:
* screw shank
* ring shank
* acid etched
* hot-dipped galvanization
The old method of sizing nails ( 4 penny, 6 penny, 12 penny, etc.) has been completely changed for the most part.
Many hand drive nails are now coated with a vinyl coating for ease of drive.
All galvanized steel nails will eventually rust.
If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?