Hodge Silk Swabs are premium swabs made from 100 percent silk for removing moisture from woodwind instruments after each use. Hodge uses silk because it is absorbent, has no lint and is compressible. The swabs are large enough to wick the moisture out of the larger part of the bore but compressible enough to pull through the neck. They pull through the fully assembled instrument. They do not leave lint in the keys. They are not stored inside the instrument so the moisture does not remain. Hodge swabs are regularly recommended by repairmen for optimum care of your instrument. The silk clarinet swabs are perfect for both professionals and students alike. The silk fabric and the swab's shape make it virtually impossible for the swab to get stuck in the instrument. This offers a great advantage over traditional swabs.