For those born without a sense of humour, Halopedia has an article on Machete.

The Machete (everyone's second favorite melee weapon) was, not surprisingly, planned to be one of the weapons included in Halo 1. Surprisingly, the bunge-holes at Bungie Studios decided to cut it. Let's go in to detail.

The machete is a blade that has cut down more humans and annoying neighbors than its intended target, rainforest undergrowth. Future versions of the machete include a titanium blade and an iPod implanted on the handle. Despite the machete featuring sheer awesomeness, Bungie didn't want it mostly due to the fact that it can't slice through a Spartan's armor. Nothing can. So, there was Halo 1.... without any melee weapons. Way to go, Bungie.

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