This study focuses on experimental and theoretical investigations of grinding forces for nanostructured WC/12Co coatings. In this study, nanostructured WC/12Co coatings are ground on a precision surface-grinding machine with four diamond wheels of two bond types and three grit sizes. A mathematical model is proposed to predict grinding forces per unit area and per grit, and is used to fit the experimental data. The model is also subsectioned into two different parts with one part fitting grinding forces for the smaller grit depth of cut condition and the other part for the larger grit depth of cut condition. Grinding mechanisms are also discussed in terms of grinding forces and grit depth of cut.