Edges with defined geometry (e.g. with special edge radius, wedge angle, etc.) are a common geometric element in engineering. Cutting tools, for example, are usually provided with cutting edges. To improve wear resistance, cutting edges are often coated with hard materials. However, the applied coating increases the edge radius, which corresponds to rounding or blunting. A coating technology developed at the IWS solves this problem. Edge radii of growing layers are adjustable within certain limits. Thus, even edge radii smaller than those of the uncoated tool can be achieved.