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A grindstone is a weaponsmith's job site block, used to repair items and tools, or remove enchantments from them.


A grindstone must be mined by a pickaxe or else it drops nothing.

Block Grindstone
Hardness 1
Tool Pickaxe
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 10
Wood 1.5
Stone 0.9
Iron 0.75
Diamond 0.5
Gold 0.4
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit]

A grindstone generated inside a weaponsmith shelter structure.

Grindstones naturally generate at village weaponsmiths.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Stick +
Stone Slab +
Any Planks


Recipe becomes available after crafting stone slabs from stone, which can be acquired from cobblestone using smelting.


Interface for the grindstone

When used, a GUI is displayed with two input slots and one output slot.

Putting two damaged items of the same type as inputs combines their durabilities to form a new item in the output slot. 5% of the tool's maximum durability is added as a bonus, rounded down. Any non-curse enchantments on the top item are removed upon performing the action, returning an amount of experience for each. This can range from just a few points for low-level enchantments such as Efficiency I or Protection I, to a large amount of experience for higher ones.[more information needed] The bottom input item is sacrificed in this operation.

A single enchanted (book and weapon) item can also be placed in either input slot, which removes its non-curse enchantments, returning an amount of experience for each, without repairing it or sacrificing another item.

Using a grindstone removes any prior work penalty the item has. Grindstones do not remove items' custom names.

If the action is not applicable (e.g. the two inputs are different items), the arrow displays a red cross, like that of the anvil.

The following tables show the durability bonuses of various items:

Armor Leather Gold Chainmail Iron Diamond
Helmet 2 3 8 8 18
Chestplate 4 5 12 12 26
Leggings 3 5 11 11 24
Boots 3 4 9 9 21
Wood Gold Stone Iron Diamond
3 1 6 12 78
Miscellaneous Tools
Bow Crossbow Trident Shield Turtle Shell Elytra Carrot on a Stick Fishing Rod Shears Flint and Steel
19 16 12 16 13 21 1 3 11 3

Changing profession[edit]

If a village has a grindstone that has not been claimed by a villager, any villager who didn't already pick a job site block has a chance to change their profession into weaponsmith.

Data values[edit]

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
What the grindstone is attached to.
The direction the grindstone is facing.
Opposite from the direction the player faces when placing a grindstone on the floor or ceiling.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
DisenchantedUse a Grindstone to get experience from an enchanted item.NoPS4YesNo20GBronze


Java Edition
1.1418w44aGrindstone Revision 1.png Added grindstones.
Grindstones are currently obtainable only from the creative inventory and do not have any functionality.
18w45aAdded cullface argument to the feet of the grindstone.
18w48aGrindstone.png Changed the grindstone's texture.
Added crafting recipe.
Grindstones are now functional, used to repair items and tools.
Grindstones can remove all non-curse enchantments from an item, in which experience is reimbursed to the player.
Grindstones now spawn naturally in village blacksmiths.
19w03aAdded sounds for Grindstones.
19w03cFixed up the remaining missing cullface arguments for the grindstone.[needs testing]
Bedrock Edition
1.9.0beta Revision 1.png Added grindstones, but they have no functionality.
1.10.0beta can now generate in village weaponsmith houses.
Grindstone.png Changed the grindstone's texture.
Added crafting recipe.
1.11.0beta grindstone functionality.
Grindstones are no longer immune from explosions.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.91Grindstone Revision 1.png Added grindstones.
1.92Grindstone.png Changed the grindstone's texture.


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