Different Flax (Tow) fibers

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Is there a difference between flax tow and flax fibers?

Can both be used to shoot and clean my flintlock Fowler or should I only use “tow”?

I am just confused on what is actually “tow” and which to use
 

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Tow is the fiber that is too short for making linen fabric. It is from the flax plant that makes linen.
 

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When flax is processed into threads the rejected coarse fibers are tow and the fine fibers are spun into linen thread.
 

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I have found that sisal baler twine makes an excellent substitute for tow. And best of all it is free in farming areas. Used twine is always available.
 

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