At the moment there are planned to be 360 craftable melee weapons in the game. They range from slow, hard hitting two handed weapons to fast, one handed weapons which can be dual wielded.
Melee weapons are easier to use than ranged weapons, though they only work at close range. Although some melee weapons come with a special property that adds one or more medium range projectiles to the attack.
Monsters killed with them only have a small chance to drop meat as compared to proper hunting weapons.