This post was last updated on January 1, 2022
The grindstone arrived in Minecraft in Java Edition 1.14, first released on April 23, 2019. This update also added several other new items to Minecraft, such as the anvil and shield.
The addition of so many new tools necessitated the addition of new crafting recipes to complement them, including a grindstone. The recipe for the grindstone is actually pretty simple and doesn’t require many materials, but having one in your village can be a big advantage.
What is a Grindstone?
The grindstone in Minecraft is a very useful tool. It’s essential for sharpening your sword and other tools, repairing them after they’ve been used and worn down. The Grindstone can also remove enchantments from your tools, which comes in handy when you want to remove a negative enchantment such as mining fatigue.
The grindstone also acts as a workstation for a villager. When a villager attached himself to your grindstone, he’ll turn into a weaponsmith.
What is the Minecraft Crafting Recipe for the Grindstone?
Crafting a grindstone is simple; it requires, two sticks, one stone slab and two wooden planks. The stone slabs and wooden planks can be replaced with cobblestone or any other material, and you can use any type of wood. You can use a smooth stone slab, but it’s not necessary (and is a waste of six stone slabs).
The orientation in the crafting grid looks like this:
Place the sticks in the top left and right corners of the crafting grid. The stone slab goes between them, and the two wooden planks go beneath the two sticks.
The grindstone doesn’t require any crafting tables—you can make it right inside of the default crafting menu.
Obtaining the sticks and the planks is simple enough. To craft planks, you can use any type of wood. The sticks can be crafted using two planks, meaning you just need to cut (or punch) lots of wood.
The stone slab is easy to get, too—it just takes three stones arranged across the bottom of the crafting grid.
After you complete the crafting, you’ll get one grindstone. You can place the resulting item wherever you want just like a normal crafting table.
What to Use a Grindstone For
The grindstone has two primary uses: sharpening tools and disenchanting them. Sharpening a tool will remove the previous damage level from it, meaning that if you have an iron pickaxe with half of its durability left in it, sharpening it will restore its max durability back to 100%.
However, in order to sharpen a tool, you have to combine it with a stronger copy of the same kind. The higher tier the repair tool, the more you’ll repair. For example, if you use an iron pickaxe to repair a stone pickaxe, it will refill the stone pickaxe’s durability more than using a second stone pickaxe.
In order to disenchant an item, you simply place it in the grindstone’s input slot. This will create a non-enchanted item. When you put the non-enchanted output into your inventory, it will remove the enchantment. This is useful when you want to remove an enchantment from a tool that you’re about to recycle, or if there’s an item with a negative enchantment.
Tips for using the Minecraft Grindstone Recipe
The grindstone is the only way that you can repair a tool. If your pickaxe gets worn down, and you don’t have any other pickaxes, or if it’s made of a material like gold that the anvil can’t repair, then you’ll need to use the grindstone instead.
You can use the grindstone to repair any tool, including weapons! You can also use it to restore max durability of shields, but you can’t apply enchantments to them. This makes the grindstone a great way to extend the life of your tools. In order to add an enchantment to a tool or weapon, you need to use an enchantment table.
If you’re trying to remove an enchantment from a tool, make sure that the enchantment is actually negative. The grindstone will also get rid of a positive bonus such as smite or looting, and you can’t get it back. You can also use this feature to remove item names if you wish.
Do I Need a Grindstone in Minecraft?
If you’re running a village, then having some grindstones in your inventory can come in handy. It doesn’t cost much to make one, but it can be very helpful when you want to keep your villagers safe. The weaponsmiths will work on the grindstone instead of drawing swords and attacking zombies or other hostile mobs.
Obtaining a grindstone is easy—if you don’t want to craft one yourself, you can find them in dungeons, villages or inside of chests. The weaponsmith in every village will work on a grindstone, and you can remove it with your pickaxe.
Of course, if you’re designing a village especially for roleplaying use, then you’ll probably want some furniture that can double as a workstation. These items are rarely extremely important—but the grindstone is one of the most useful items for your villagers to have.
What Can I Get From the Weaponsmith in Minecraft?
Thanks to the trading mechanics in Minecraft, you can exchange gems with your villagers if they have a job.
And if you have a grindstone in your village, one of your villagers will perform the job of the weaponsmith. The best things that you can exchange with them are ingots and diamonds, as these will give you a good amount of experience points when you trade them in, typically about one to two times more than other items.
The weaponsmith is an easy source for you to get the diamond sword, which otherwise requires a lot of mining through gravel and dirt. It takes 13-27 emeralds to trade for a diamond sword with a master weaponsmith, but once you’ve leveled him up, you can get the best swords in Minecraft for much cheaper.
Do I Need an Anvil if I Have a Grindstone?
The anvil and the grindstone are two different things. The grindstone can repair tools, and weapons.
The anvil can repair items, but it doesn’t strip items of their enchantments. This can actually be extremely important if you want to save some valuable items, such as a weapon with something like knockback or area damage. If you’ve been wearing armor with an enchantment for a long time, then it’s possible that the bonus will be gone if you go to the anvil without using a grindstone first.
But even though they’re different, they’re related! You cannot repair a tool without an anvil or grindstone.
If you don’t have access to an enchantment table or a workbench, then you may need both of these items in order to keep your more durable tools functioning properly and to get rid of negative enchantments that are making them weaker. Of course, if you’re trying to improve the bonuses on a tool, then you can do that at the anvil.
If your tools break for any reason, from falling into lava to coming across a creeper while mining, then take them to either of these two workstations in order to keep going strong!
Ultimately, though, you don’t need both. You can make do with just one or the other, but having both on hand is much more convenient. Once you have the resources to place multiple anvils, the grindstone becomes less important. However, since anvils take a lot of metal to craft and grindstones are very cheap, you’re better off installing grindstones in temporary villages or camps, and saving your anvils for your towns.
Does Using the Grindstone Give Experience Points?
When you repair an item at the grindstone, you don’t gain any experience points. However, if the item is enchanted, then you will receive some experience points. It’s not a very high amount of XP—it’s equal to the minimum (modified) enchantment level of the item.
And yes, disenchanting in general grants experience points. This means that you can grind experience points by rapidly disenchanting items in quick succession. For this reason, it’s handy to hoard your enchanted items and enchantments at your enchanting table.
Can I Craft Anything at a Grindstone?
That’s not what a grindstone is for. After all, it’s for grinding, not creating!
A grindstone works differently from an anvil. You cannot add buffs or bonuses to weapons at a grindstone; instead, it repairs them and strips out negative enchantments but keeps the positive ones! This means that you can’t make your weapons better than their maximum enchants. However, you can repair them without needing experience points or gems.
Where Should I Put the Grindstone?
Some people like to keep a grindstone in every house they own, because it will always be handy if you accidentally break something. But that isn’t necessary! In fact, having one is just for convenience. If your home has an anvil already then you don’t need another one!
Otherwise, the best location for a grindstone to save some room is to have it as a secondary workstation within your main settlement. The anvils should be the main ones, but you can put a grindstone in the corner of your house or other major building.
The most important thing is to keep it somewhere that’s convenient for you and makes sense in the context of the rest of your village. After all, if you have to walk a few hundred blocks to repair your tools then what’s the point of having one?