The Hodge silk oboe swab is a premium level cleaning cloth for students and professionals alike. The oboe swab clean the entire instrument fully assembled; it has a safety cord on the back end, so in the event that the swab gets stuck going one way, it can be pulled back out the way it went in. This swab uses a straight weight instead of a ball chain at the end of the cord. All Hodge silk swabs are made from 100% silk. Silk is very absorbent and soaks up water better than any other natural material on the market! Silk is also very compressible, making it possible to pull through instruments with large variations in bore size. In addition, silk is lint free.