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I've recently dug my quarry/mine down to a certain level where it has encountered a large mineshaft section and I am building a mine cart track through it to a nearby ravine and caves (because, hey, pre-made tunnels!) I've blocked off sections with fences so I don't get lost but there's still an annoying amount of spiders webs about. If I'm in the mine cart it would be fine but walking about and even nudging them slows me down.

I've tried axes, spades, pickaxes and even digging out holes above and pouring lava on them (which works, although has the significant self-immolation hazard, when I've been mining and am carrying a lot of coal/cobblestone/some diamonds I'd rather avoid).

I'm playing on peaceful (Vanilla MC, no mods) so I don't have to worry about the spiders themselves.

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Hit them with a sword and you'll be rid of them in no time!

It is also possible to use shears to cut through the web.

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Ah - probably because I'm on peaceful I don't carry a sword. Better put some of that spare Iron to good use... –  tombull89 Apr 10 '12 at 23:03
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use stone.. the type of sword does not really matter when it comes to the webs. –  James Apr 10 '12 at 23:13
    
I have a lot of spare iron - probably 5 or 6 stacks of 64. As lunbocks says beneath I could make some shears instead. –  tombull89 Apr 11 '12 at 8:04
    
Note: Sword doesn't make it drop strings, shears do, but sword is faster. –  SF. Jul 25 '13 at 13:04
    
@SF Swords drop string nowadays, but it takes 2 durability points from the sword. –  Timtech Aug 5 '13 at 10:41

You can mine cobwebs relatively quickly with Shears or a Sword (at double durability cost of course), which drops some string.

Also, as you have noticed, liquids like lava work, however I would recommend water over lava because it spreads faster, drains faster when you pick it up again, and, well, it won't kill you.

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If you right click on a cobweb with shears in your hand it will be destroyed quite quickly. You can make a ton of string this way. Beware though as there is often a cave spider spawner in the middle of it all even though you are on peacful mode. I know this from past experience. A sword of any type will also work but will probably not be as efficient.

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You must left click with the shears on a cobweb, not right click. –  Timtech Aug 26 '13 at 17:35

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