Posted: Jul 1, 2020 in Discussion
The Grindstone is a tool that allows the player to combine two items of the same type in the input slots, forming a new item of the same type with the sum of the durabilities of the original items plus 5% up to the maximum durability of that item type. This process removes any enchantments on the items, returning an amount of the experience based on the number and level of the enchants. (For example: Mending returns more experience than Bane of Arthropods II)
You’ll need these materials:
-1 Stone Slab
-2 Wooden Planks (Any variant)
The Grindstone is useful because it offers some experience for the loss of those enchantments, which would not happen if you used a crafting table to repair the items. An anvil could be used to preserve the enchantments when combining similar items, at the expense of experience points. The Grindstone can also attach to the sides and bottoms of blocks.
The Grindstone is also considered a job block for villagers and can be used to transform an Unemployed Villager into a Weaponsmith. The block also naturally generates in villages.
The Grindstone, Anvil, and Crafting Table all have different benefits and downsides to using them. A Grindstone can be used to combine tools/armor at no cost, with an added 5% durability as well. An Anvil can repair just like the grindstone, but not only can you keep the enchantments, you can also partially repair an item by using the ore that created that item. The downside is that repairing with an Anvil costs experience, while using the Grindstone is free. Anvils also require lots of iron, over three blocks. One isn’t meant to be better than the other, rather they’re useful in different ways. It’s best to have both.
That’s all the functions of the Grindstone so far. Mojang may add further uses to the block like they have with the Smithing Table, but for the time being, this is the complete culmination of its uses. Until next time!