On re-watching Se7en I couldn't help but question what purpose Somerset's switchblade had. We see Somerset practice with it and it was also shown a couple more times on screen, and hence make it feel like an important item. But there doesn't seem to be made anything out of it later. It seemed like it failed the Chekhov's gun principle.
For those of you who are not familiar with Chekhov's gun, it is a dramatic principle that states that every element in a story must be necessary, and irrelevant elements should be removed.
Now I do understand that this isn't a hard rule and that one of the alternative endings had Somerset use it to disarm Mills, but I wondered if Fincher forgot to remove the earlier blade scenes when changing the ending. Or is there something else that I missed?
I also came across this Reddit post which was interesting enough, but I just wanted to hear more ideas about what the purpose of the switchblade scenes was for the rest of the story.