you can get them on eBay brand new for like $20. I got one there and it worked just fine. I'd recommend the handle with it myself, since you need slight downward pressure along with the side twisting. But, many people get away without the handle.
Well,Allrighty then. I think a novice would most certainly do more damage with a die. I’d think it would take an extra extra heavy hand to destroy threads with a THREAD FILE. I’ve used both many times over the years