How does Johnny assert his identity as a greaser in The Outsiders?

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One way Johnny begins to assert his identity as a greaser is that he carries a "six inch switchblade.  He'd use it to if he ever got jumped again" (34).  Ponyboy and the rest of the greaser gang all have a spot soft for Johnny, who, because of his troubled home life was more vulnerable than the other boys.  After the Soc with the rings and blue mustang jump Johnny and beat him severely, Johnny starts to carry his big knife.  He wanted to be able to defend himself if he ever got jumped again.  Ultimately, Johnny does have to use his blade when Bob, the Soc with the rings, corners him and Ponyboy at the park. 

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