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    Jun 23, 2017, 09:01 AM
    Copper and its germicidal properties when electroplated
    Hello, I'm a Farrier by trade (which is a blacksmith that shoes horses) and there is a divide between the guys that use steel nails and the ones who use copper nails when tacking on a horseshoe to a hoof. I agree that copper has germicidal properties but I was recently told that my copper nails were ineffective in being germicidal do to the fact that they are electroplated. Does electroplating copper inhibit the germicidal effects of copper?
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    Jun 23, 2017, 12:37 PM
    No, Copper is Copper whether pure or used as plating. Steel nails are sometimes Zinc flash plated and then Copper. I would imagine most copper nails are some alloy, pure Cu is pretty soft.

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