Before Komatsu started to make pipes he has been hair stylist for 20 years. In his philosophy on pipemaking there are many similarities in the production of a pipe and styling of hair in an artisan's way. Balance, he says, is the main criterium.
He has been closely studying the way the smoke comes out of the mouthpiece. As a result he designed a special way to shape the end of the airflow at the bit so that the smoke may diffuse propperly.