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A grindstone is a block that repairs items and tools as well as removing enchantments from them, except for curses. It also serves as a weaponsmith's job site block.



Grindstones can be obtained using any pickaxe. If mined without a pickaxe, it drops nothing.

Block Grindstone
Hardness 2
Breaking time[A]
Default 10
Wooden 1.5
Stone 0.75
Iron 0.5
Diamond 0.4
Netherite 0.35
Golden 0.25
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Natural generation[]

Weaponsmith shelter

A grindstone generated inside a weaponsmith shelter structure.

Grindstones naturally generate at village weaponsmiths.


Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Stick +
Stone Slab +
Any Planks

In Bedrock Edition, grindstone recipes built with crimson, warped, or mangrove planks can use a slab of almost any of the stone types including sandstone, quartz, and bricks.


A grindstone can be oriented in different directions. In Java Edition it doesn't need a supporting block. In Bedrock Edition it breaks if unsupported.

Repairing and disenchanting[]

Grindstone GUI

Interface for the grindstone

When used, an interface is displayed with two input slots and one output slot.

Placing one enchanted item in an input slot forms a new non-enchanted item of the same type and durability in the output slot. Removing the item from the output slot consumes the input item and drops some experience.

Placing two items (enchanted or not) of the same type in the input slots forms a new non-enchanted item of that type and with a durability equal to the sum of the durabilities of the two input items, plus 5% of the maximum durability of that item (rounded down), up to its maximum durability. Both input items are consumed in the process. If either input item was enchanted, then removing the output item drops some experience.

The amount of experience dropped depends on the number of enchantments and levels of each, but it is partially random. For example, Fire Protection I gives 5-9 experience.[more information needed]

As with all non-enchanted items, the new item has no prior work penalty. A grindstone cannot remove a curse. Grindstones also do not remove an item's custom name.

If the action is not applicable (e.g. only one non-enchanted item, or the two inputs are different items), the arrow displays a red cross like that of an anvil and no item appears in the output slot.

The following tables show the durability bonuses of various items:

Armor Leather Gold Chainmail Iron Diamond Netherite
Helmet 2 3 8 8 18 20
Chestplate 4 5 12 12 26 29
Leggings 3 5 11 11 24 27
Boots 3 4 9 9 21 24
Wood Gold Stone Iron Diamond Netherite
3 1 6 12 78 101
Miscellaneous Tools
Bow Crossbow Trident Shield Turtle Shell Elytra Carrot on a Stick Warped Fungus on a Stick Fishing Rod Shears Flint and Steel
19 23 12 16 13 21 1 5 3‌[JE only]
19‌[BE only]
11 3

Changing profession[]

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


When removing enchantments from items, the player gains experience equal to the minimum modified enchantment level of that enchantment. The final amount is a uniformly-distributed random amount between half the resulting sum (rounded up) and the sum itself.

Piston interactivity[]

Grindstones cannot be pushed by pistons or pulled by sticky pistons.



Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.stone.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.stone.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.stone.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
None[sound 1]Entity-DependentFalling on the block with fall damageblock.stone.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
FootstepsEntity-DependentWalking on the blockblock.stone.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.stone1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhen the block is placeddig.stone1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.stone0.370.5
PlayersFalling on the block with fall damagefall.stone0.41.0
PlayersWalking on the blockstep.stone0.31.0
PlayersJumping from the blockjump.stone0.121.0
PlayersFalling on the block without fall damageland.stone0.221.0


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Grindstone usedBlocksWhen a grindstone is usedblock.grindstone.usesubtitles.block.grindstone.use0.50.9-1.016
Weaponsmith worksFriendly CreaturesRandomly while a weaponsmith is workingentity.villager.work_weaponsmithsubtitles.entity.villager.work_weaponsmith0.50.8-1.216

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksWhen a grindstone is usedblock.grindstone.use0.51.0
BlocksRandomly while a weaponsmith is workingblock.grindstone.use0.51.0

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormTranslation key
GrindstonegrindstoneBlock & Itemblock.minecraft.grindstone

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Grindstonegrindstone450Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.grindstone.name
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. Available with /give command.
  3. The block's direct item form has the same id as the block.

Block states[]

See also: Block states

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.

Bedrock Edition:

NameMetadata Bits Default value Allowed valuesValues for
Metadata Bits
What the grindstone is attached to.
The direction the grindstone is facing. Opposite from the direction a player faces when placing the block.
  • 0: South facing
  • 1: West facing
  • 2: North facing
  • 3: East facing


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS4)
PS4 Other
DisenchantedUse a Grindstone to get experience from an enchanted item.20GBronze


For a more in-depth breakdown of changes to textures and models, including a set of renders for each state combination, see /Asset history

Java Edition
1.1418w44aGrindstone JE1 BE1 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 JE2 BE2 The texture of grindstones has been changed.
Added a crafting recipe for grindstones.
Grindstones are now functional and used to repair items and tools.
Grindstones can now remove all non-curse enchantments from an item, in which experience is reimbursed to the player.
Grindstones now generate in the updated plains villages.
18w49aGrindstones now generate in the updated savanna villages and the new snowy tundra villages.
18w50aGrindstones now generate in the updated desert and taiga villages.
19w03aAdded sounds for grindstones.
19w11aGrindstones now serve as weaponsmith villagers' job site block.
1.1620w06aCrimson planks and warped planks can now be used to craft grindstones.
1.1922w11aMangrove planks can now be used to craft grindstones.
Bedrock Edition
1.9.0beta JE1 BE1 Added grindstones, but they have no functionality.
1.10.0beta can now generate in village weaponsmith houses.
Grindstone JE2 BE2 The texture of grindstones has been changed.
Added a crafting recipe for grindstones.
1.11.0beta are now functional.
Grindstones are no longer immune from explosions.
Legacy Console Edition
1.91 Grindstone JE1 BE1 Added grindstones.
1.92 Grindstone JE2 BE2 The texture of grindstones has been changed.


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