Nickel owes its name to the devil. The commodity’s English name is from the German term Kupfernickel. In the 1400s, miners mistook nickel for copper ore because of its red colour. Once they realised their mistake, the miners blamed Old Nick — a name for the devil. The name “nickel” is derived from Old Nick.

Have a premium account? Sign in to continue reading.

Unlimited access to all stories from $99.9/year*

The latest reporting and analysis from business and investments to news and views on social issues.

Bonus:

  • Simultaneous logins across all devices
  • Instant access to past digital issues
  • Unlimited access to The Edge Malaysia
  • *For annual subscription plan only. T&Cs apply

Subscribe