Jerry Cooper turns old metal into works of art

HARTINGTON —  A Hartington resident has a special talent for taking an old piece of metal and turning it into a piece of art.
Jerry Cooper has a collection of close to 14 knives, daggers and swords that he made from old springs from a car or old metal files. One sword is close to three feet long. He wanted to make something a little different so he has also made a couple of corn knives.
Cooper, who does a lot of the work out in his garage, made his first knife close to 30 years ago.
“I like knives and I thought I would just make one instead of buying it,” he said. “I used an old file to make the first knife. Then I started making them from the leaf springs on the rear axles of a car. The metal is super hard. I figured it would make a good knife.”

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