Everything you need to know about the Grindstone

Find out when to use the Grindstone, how to craft it and everything else you should know
A Guide to the Minecraft GrindstoneArticle posted on May 29, 2023 - 06:00 PM
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We have recently released an article that explains how enchanting works in Minecraft. If you have not read it yet, we recommend you check it out here.

The grindstone allows you to disenchant your items or repair them. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the Minecraft Grindstone.

Why should I use the Grindstone?

We just now mentioned that you can use the grindstone to disenchant your items. You can, of course, also use it to repair your items. You can also use an anvil or your inventory crafting grid for these tasks.

You can repair your items by putting in the base material alongside the item you want to repair. For example, you can repair a diamond pickaxe with a diamond. This would keep the enchantments and cost you some levels. If you use the Grindstone, you would not have to spend any levels.

Grindstone and Anvil differences
You can, of course, also use the crafting grid in your inventory. All you have to do is put two diamond pickaxes in the grid, for example, and you will be able to repair it.

When using the grindstone, you will get back some levels. This depends on the enchantments that are applied to the item you are disenchanting.

How to make a Grindstone in Minecraft?

The Minecraft Grindstone recipe consists of two planks, two sticks, and one stone slab. Go to a crafting table and arrange the items like this:

How to craft the Minecraft Grindstone
  • Place two planks in the middle row of the crafting table
  • Put one stick above each of them
  • Put one stone slab between the two sticks

You can get the stone slab by smelting cobblestone. Then use three stone blocks to craft the stone slabs. The rest can be crafted from wood logs. You can use any type of wood to craft the wooden planks.

There is an alternative way to obtain the Grindstone. You can find Grindstones in the villager building for the weaponsmiths. And something else to note, you can obtain the Grindstone both in the Minecraft Java Edition and Bedrock Edition.

Finding the Grindstone in a Minecraft Village

How to use a Grindstone in Minecraft?

All you have to do is put the item you want to disenchant in one of the two fields:

How to use the Grindstone
If you want to repair an item, simply put two items in the grindstone. You will then get one item with the combined durability of the two items that you have put inside.

You can technically do that with an anvil as well. You have to keep in mind, though, that with the anvil, you do not get any experience points back. And in addition to that, the grindstone also does not wear down. This means that you can use it an infinite amount of times.

The grindstone cannot remove curses. So if you want to get rid of that curse of vanishing, this is not the way to go. The grindstone also does not remove any custom names that you applied with a nametag.

You can, of course, also use it to reset the anvil history. If you enchant your bow with infinity, you cannot apply mending to it. This means that it can wear down. You can use another bow to repair it in the anvil. However, at one point, the repair cost would get too expensive. You can go ahead and disenchant the bow then and use the experience for another enchanting process.

What else is the Grindstone useful for?

You can use the grindstone as a job site block. Put it in reach for a villager, and it will then convert the villager to a weaponsmith. You can find more about villagers in one of our recent articles here.

Weaponsmith Jobsite Block
This is everything you need to know about the Grindstone in Minecraft. You now know how to remove enchantments, how to craft a grindstone, and what you can use it for.
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